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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Post by me2ubabe on Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:07 pm

My lil one is now 3 wks old n' up to now breastfeeding was OK! Boobs were always rather large, hard n' leaky! However since yesterday, my bubs seems to be feeding excessively, may be going through a growth spurt. Where she is on so much n' suckling, she tends to tug at my nipples n' gets very frustrated; does this mean my supply isn't keeping up with her demand? How fast does the milk reproduce between feeds?

To add my lil one currently has oral thrush, which is being treated with Nystatin (white formula which smells of liquorice); only started this today, as was using Dactarin, but seemed to make bubs sick, as wasn't keeping any food down!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Post by Natasha on Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:21 pm

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Your little one could well be going through a growth spurt, it certianly sounds like one.

I know it will seem as though your not giving enough but your supply will soon meet your babys needs before you know it, just keep offering the breast and bring on a let down.

I found the best way to encourage a let down was to squeeze my breast and milk it Razz

As for Nystatin


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Continue to feed yor little one and also look for signs of thrush in your breasts, to be honest you should be treated too.

http://breastbuddies.nice-forum.com/resource-centre-f24/oral-thrush-t617.htm

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Post by Kasia80 on Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:25 pm

Yup, it sounds like growth spurt, and gues what...There is one around 2-3 weeks "sheduled", Wink
Common times for growth spurts are during the first few days at home and around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months (more or less). Babies don't read calendars, however, so your baby may do things differently.
Growth spurt last 2-3 days, or like in my DD ages, lol.

Breast is never empty and there is milk in there always. Let down its a different story. Some mothers get let down every 5 min, like I do, and some every 10 min, and so on. Some moms feel let down, some dont, but it doesn't mean you don't have one, just because you don't feel it.
Your supply will keep up with your baby. Just feed her when she is asking for it. Im more demand than more milk will be produced.

Here is abit of information on how milk production works, this will help you understand whats happening better.
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/milkproduction.html
There is a few helpful tips to help milk flow faster. You can do breast massage and breast compressions. When you notice your LO is getting hugr, you can start massage your breast in round movement, towards the nipple, gently and not pressing to hard. This will help stimulate milk production.
Breast compressions are explained in http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/15pdf.pdf .

I would say her frustration is due to sore gums because of thrush. Are you treating your nipples too, or just her mouth? It is important to treat mother too, because otherwise contamination occures, and you will reinfect eachother for ages. You could have word with your gp or hv about geting med for yourself or have look in http://breastbuddies.nice-forum.com/resource-centre-f24/oral-thrush-t617.htm , http://breastbuddies.nice-forum.com/resource-centre-f24/thrush-treatmentgentian-violet-gse-etc-t618.htm .

I hope this helps a bit. If you have more questions or i missed something (my brain is extra scrumbled today) don't hesitate to ask!
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Post by Natasha on Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:31 pm

How are you doing hun?

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