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still hungry 30 minutes after nursing?

This is my first post here (I think) and my first post on LJ in a while. My daughter hit 3 months yesterday. Up until a few days ago she would nurse for about 7-10 minutes every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. I know she gets plenty in that time- I can pump 6 oz on each side in under 10 minutes due to oversupply issues. All of a sudden she'll be hungry again 30 minutes after eating. I thought maybe she just needed to comfort-suck, but she fusses a few minutes after being given a pacifier and definitely eats more when I offer the breast again. Is it possible she's going through a growth spurt?

My mom thinks I should start giving her pumped milk with a little bit of rice cereal, but it seems to me that 3 months is too early for adding anything. Mom breastfed me exclusively until 6 months. The ped told her to either pump and measure or switch me to formula at that point because I had nasty reflux (and still do), so she isn't completely clueless about it. She didn't add cereal with me until after switching me to formula, but she needed to with my brother at 3 months. I think that's why she suggested it.

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Sep. 19th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
3 months is growth spurt time:


I say just nurse, nurse, nurse, it will pass.
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Sep. 19th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Totally and completely normal! Growth spurt time. Please don't give her cereal at three months, esp mixed in a bottle. That is such a choking hazard!

Put her to breast whenever she wants and this too shall pass.
Sep. 19th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
it also sounds like she might be getting too much foremilk and not enough fatty hindmilk if you say you have oversupply issues, maybe try expressing off a little bit of the foremilk before each feeding, so she gets the fattier milk, thus become full and staying full.
Sep. 19th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
The best quote I've heard is "breastfeeding isn't linear" As they get older they do tend to go longer between feedings, but that doesn't mean every once in awhile they will revert back to cluster feedings, or newborn feedings. 3 months is a normal time for more frequent feedings, 6 months there will be a few more. Every few months even, think about it...how does your body know to produce milk? By stimulation, by your baby nursing. In the beginning your body just goes crazy producing milk because it doesn't know how much it needs, once it figures that out, by your baby nursing, it'll make that much. as your baby grows they'll need more milk so they'll nurse more, telling your body to make more, once your body is making that much the feedings can go back to normal. Supplementing ANYTHING, rice, cereal, formula, takes away from how much your baby nurses and, therefore, how much your body makes, then suddenly, you're not making enough for your baby...this is the dangerous downfall of nursing relationships. As soon as you give up on your body, and feel that you're not enough, you've just about doomed your chances at being able to successfully breastfeed. You need to have faith that you can make milk, and as much as your baby needs, and your baby will nurse as much as they need, even if it seems like a lot. Aren't there days when you just think, OMG, I'm SO hungry today! And eat, like, three times as much as you might normally?
Sep. 19th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I thought she was going through a growth spurt, but I wanted to make sure. Lots of people kept suggesting that she just wanted to suck on something and didn't really need to eat, but none of them have ever breastfed any of their children so I didn't put much stock in what they said.

Gah, I'd never put cereal and milk in her bottle. My mom did when I was around 9 months, but I was eating mushy food by then. I'm going to use a spoon when it actually is time to start solids. I've had to pump before feeding her before, I'll try that again.
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