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    I have 4 boys. the first 2 are 12 and 11 years old and I was unsuccessful at breastfeeding with them. My third child is 2 and was in NICU and again I was unsuccessful at breastfeeding. My fourth son is 5 months old and is still breastfeeding! YEA! But the doctor told me to start feeding him cereal and I was pumping just enough milk to mix with the cereal about 2 ounces. When I was pumping to "stash" for emergencies, I was getting at least 4 ounces from each breast. Now, I am lucky if I can squeeze out 2 ounces. My LO only eats maybe 4 or 5 times a day. His breakfast is cereal and breast, then if he gets hungry before lunch i feed him off both breast. Then lunch is a vegetable and breast if he gets hungry before dinner he gets fed off both breast, then his dinner is cereal and 1breast. I put him to bed around 9pm and he sleeps all night till 7 or 8 the next morning. Is all of this normal? I have tried to increase pumps between feedings and I get nothing out of either breast. But when he nurses he is happy. Any advice will be appreciated. This is my last child and I want to successfully nurse as long as possible!!!

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    Can you give us some more info on your pumping sked??
    When/how do you pump? What kind of pump are you using?

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    I haven't had much luck thus far trying to breastfeed my son who is almost 3 months. I have not given up yet. Pumping doesn't seem like it is benfiting me either. I have a Medela Symphony.

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    My fourth son is 5 months old and is still breastfeeding! YEA! But the doctor told me to start feeding him cereal and I was pumping just enough milk to mix with the cereal about 2 ounces.
    Congratulations on your success with baby #4!

    Your doctor gave you some outdated advice about solids. According to my pediatrician, until the age of 1 year solids are just for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. They are not nutritionally necessary, and many moms do not offer them until at least 6 months. The advice your doctor gave you is really best for a mom who wants to wean as quickly as possible, at or before the age of 1 year.

    Breastmilk is the perfect food for babies. Solids do not offer nutrition that is as complete or as balanced as breastmilk. What solids can offer is vitamins and minerals that breastmilk has in adequate but not super-abundant levels. If you are concerned about your baby getting enough vitamins, you can give them via dropper instead of replacing nursing sessions with solids.

    When I was pumping to "stash" for emergencies, I was getting at least 4 ounces from each breast. Now, I am lucky if I can squeeze out 2 ounces.
    2 oz is totally normal pumping output for a mom with an established supply. When you were pumping your "emergency" stash it was probably in the early days of your breastfeeding career with this baby, right? A lot of moms have "extra" milk when they are just starting out.

    My LO only eats maybe 4 or 5 times a day. His breakfast is cereal and breast, then if he gets hungry before lunch i feed him off both breast.
    Okay, this is why I think your doc's advice wasn't so hot. 4-5 nursing sessions per day is on the very low end, and I would probably want to aim for 6-8. (Again, breastmilk is the perfect food, so you want your baby to have as much of it as possible, right?)
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