Re: Still hungry after nursing, big babies
The "big babies" thing is a total myth. It's an obvious one, when you think about it. First of all, what happened to all the big babies in the millennia before formula? Did they all just die? No, obviously not, or the genes that create big babies would have been bred out of the human race and no-one would be having big babies any more! People say that big babies need formula when they're born because they're so big that they must be hungry. But why would that be true? Wouldn't it be the opposite- that small babies, who don't have a reserve of fat to fall back on, must be the hungry ones, and big babies have a little longer before they need any form of supplement? And then there's the idea that there's no way a mom's milk supply can satisfy a big baby, because mustn't milk be like formula, created in small initial amounts and increasing as time goes on? Well, no. Milk production is often highest in early infancy, and as time goes on adjusts downward to meet demand very precisely.
It's that last thing that's probably impacting your production at this point. Supplementing with formula tells your body that it doesn't need to be making as much milk as it is. Every time the baby takes a bottle and skips a nursing session, or simply goes longer between nursing sessions because she was "topped up" with formula, your body thinks "Oh, the baby must not be very hungry. Why should I be wasting my precious energy making unnecessary milk? Time to reduce supply!"
I really think you should see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. Nursing for an hour shouldn't leave you so sore that you can't bear to put the baby back to the breast if she's hungry 5 minutes after nursing. Can you tell us more about the soreness you're experiencing? Does your nipple ever look flattened/wedged/creased/shaped like a new lipstick after the baby unlatches? Do you feel a burning pain? Do your nipple blanch (turn white)? A poor latch can leave a mom really sore and also impact baby's ability to transfer milk, leading to very long, very frequent feedings.
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