Is it solely based on your baby's gassiness and weight gain that the LC believes she's getting too much foremilk, not enough hindmilk?
Originally Posted by carrieabresch
I don't think it is right to pin down any set number of feedings per day for any baby, but especially one as young as your Gemma. You need to watch your baby's cues and she will tell you when she's hungry. LLL has great resources regarding this ... see:
Does My Baby Need to Be on a Schedule?
This is an excerpt from that page:
Many mothers are surprised at how quickly and easily human milk is digested (often within 90 minutes of the last feeding). Rather than watching the clock, it is recommended that a mother watch for signs that her newborn is hungry, such as the rooting reflex, chewing/sucking on hands or fingers, or crying. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, crying is a very late cue that your baby is hungry.
Healthy, full-term infants need to nurse every two to three hours during a 24-hour period. This equates to eight to twelve feedings per 24 hours. Your newborn should not go longer than three hours between feedings for two significant reasons:
1) Your newborn needs frequent feedings for adequate nourishment and hydration.
2) Frequent feedings ensure that your breasts are stimulated enough to establish a full milk supply.
In the first few weeks, your baby actually needs to breastfeed ten to twelve times per day. Your baby's feedings will gradually space out as he grows older and his stomach grows larger. Any schedule that prevents babies under six weeks of age from breastfeeding at least every two to three hours (or less during growth spurts!) could potentially cause poor weight gain. Research now shows that restricting the amount of time at the breast and extending the time between feedings can reduce not only your milk supply, but also the fat content of your milk. So, for a healthy, thriving baby breastfeed according to your baby's schedule.
Also, you said she wants to reduce your milk supply? Do you have symptoms of an oversupply?? Here is some info on that ... Oversupply ... does any of that ring true?
Another couple good resources to check out:
What is the difference between foremilk and hindmilk?
I'm confused about foremilk and hindmilk - how does this work?
Forceful Let-down (Milk Ejection Reflex) & Oversupply
Baby wants a faster milk flow