Re: Weening Milk Supply
There is no problem offering him one breast in the morning and both in the evening. Sometimes it helps to keep switching back and forth and back and forth between breasts during fussiness. My son was a bear from 4 to 5 months. It was definitely worst in the evenings. He would scream and scream at the breast and it had nothing to do with milk supply (I had a significant oversupply); it was just his age. 4 months is often a very crabby time for babies.
Here are some things I had to do to keep my baby from fussing at he breast between 4 and 5 months:
1) Nurse while walking - I tucked my baby in a sling or held him in my arms and walked around the room while nursing him.
2) Nurse while bouncing - I would bounce my baby on my knee while nursing him. Some ladies sit on an exercise ball and bounce.
3) Nurse outside - I would sit or stand out on my deck and nurse the baby. Fresh air and a change of scenery can do wonders to calm a crabby baby. I also go for evening walks and nurse the baby in a sling.
4) Nurse in a warm bath.
5) When baby starts to fuss, switch sides - you can switch back and forth as frequently as needed.
Babies sometimes just need extra soothing in the evening to get them calm enough to nurse. Supplementing is just going to end up tanking your supply eventually. Your breasts never run out of milk. It may take several nights of non-stop nursing, but you can boost your supply back up if you just ditch the bottles.
Last edited by @llli*phi; June 7th, 2012 at 12:59 PM.
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