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    Default Breastfeeding milk not enough?

    My ds is 2 weeks old.. I'm mix feeding but trying to get rid of the formula top ups.

    When I just bf ds is constantly grumpy.. looking to feed but getting annoyed.
    As soon as i top him up he is content happy and calm.
    I'm getting over trying but it's so early! Why is my milk not good enough?
    I tried all day today to just bf but the day was filled with a cranky baby until I gave in at 430pm to see if that's what would settle him and yep a full bottle of formula did it.

    I have expressed a full bottle and even after that he was still a grump so it's like it's my milk that sux.
    Any advice??

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    BF for a baby is harder to do than a bottle. They have to work harder for it.

    How is the latch? How is your flow? Do you burp?

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    Latch has been checked and good. He pulls on and off a bit before latching sometimes.
    No tongue tie.

    I don't know how my flow should be. When I double express for 10mins I get about 40mls in the mornings.. seems to squirt out nicely and pause then do it again etc.
    Yes I burp him also

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    He may get frustrated that your milk isn't as creamy as the formula. I gave my DD top ups because she needed them but my gosh it made breastfeeding harder. It impacted my supply and the creaminess of my milk.

    I have now moved her to formula only after giving her a month of breast milk (the ABA said that was great because of immunity and antibodies so don't be too hard on yourself) but before I did I was able to make my milk more creamy. Unfortunately after two days not being able to pump, my supply dropped drastically so I made the move to formula only.

    Anyway the way that I made my milk more creamy (and more satisfying for bub) was by soaking oats in a cup of water over night and drinking the water in the morning. You'll need to put it through a strainer to seperate the oats and water because you just drink the water. It makes your milk creamy within a couple of days That might help bub from fussing a little! My little one is a milk monster and my boobs just couldn't keep up with her! Not everyone can establish enough of a supply! Don't beat yourself up about doing tops up but just know that unfortunately it can make the road harder!

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    I asked about flow as sometimes pulling off/fussy can mean it is too fast.

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    Thank you for the tip about creaminess. I will try the oat water thing for sure. I was so bent on exclusively bf this time around and it's just going worse than with my first child.

    I don't think my flow is too fast.. sometimes it drips when he pulls off but doesn't spray fast down his throat that I can tell.. he doesn't cough and splutter with it. Good thought though!

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    Can you get in to see a community lactation consultant and get their opinion on the pattern of a full breastfeed?

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    Bub may be fussy as they are building your supply? You could try power pumping to build it up more.

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    Another thought are you eating things can will affect your milk and bubs doesn't like the taste. Diet needs to be quite bland in the early days

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkPopsicle View Post
    Can you get in to see a community lactation consultant and get their opinion on the pattern of a full breastfeed?
    I agree with this. Contact the hospital where you gave birth. Public hospitals will have access to a free service.

    It is very hard in the early weeks but if you persevere through this tough time you should get some help.

    Personally I believe in demand feeding to establish supply in the early days / weeks. I think formula and bottles can mess with this a bit. Sorry don't want to offend anyone, just my personal experience.

    Good luck ☺

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