Re: Low supply in evening?
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If you're concerned about supply, the best thing you can do is to feed the baby as frequently as possible and count diapers carefully. As long as a baby has adequate wet/poopy diaper output, he's getting enough to eat.
The feeding and behavior pattern you describe is very typical for a 4 week old baby, and is not an indicator of low supply. Breastfed babies often eat for long time periods and also feed very frequently, as much as every 1-2 hours or even more often. They have tiny tummies and breastmilk digests fast! Frequent feedings are particularly common during growth spurts, and there's a big one at around 3 weeks. Your LO could be going through his 3 week spurt late, or his 6 week spurt early! He could also be going through the fussy evenings period of his life. A lot of babies have severe evening fussiness, sometimes referred to as "the witching hour(s)" or " evenings-only colic." Here are some things that can help:
- Nurse, nurse, nurse. And then nurse some more.
- Warm bath.
- Trip outside into the fresh air.
- White noise (radio static, vacuum cleaner sounds, etc.)
- Motion (bounce on exercise ball, rock, swing, stroller rise, car ride, etc.)
- Closeness (snuggle baby close to your heartbeat in a sling)
Coping with colicky evenings is all about derailing the baby's crankiness by changing up the incoming stimuli.
The only thing I would be a little proactive about is the reflux. It's very common for babies to outgrow their dosage of reflux ends, and you may need to tweak that aspect of your baby's life.
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