Weaning off the breast

by Deven

My baby is 5 weeks old and I started supplementing with formula a week or so ago which really helped as I don't produce enough milk for him.

I was giving him 2 or 3 bottles a day. My supply has reduced a lot more and today I provided a couple more bottles than previously, and he has been spitting up more and fussy and I feel his tummy rumbling. Could it be his body adjusting to the switch?

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Sep 08, 2016
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Milk supply dwindling
by: Tracy

Hi Deven

Thank you for reaching out.

Firstly, many mothers assume that their milk supplies are low a few weeks after birth. This is mostly due to the fact that your body starts to produce only the amount of milk your baby needs and also the engorgement that you experience after birth will start to subside. Many moms take this as a sign of low milk supply. Here are the real signs of low milk supply and how to know if your baby is taking in enough milk...
Is my baby drinking enough?
The reason why your supply decreased even more now is because you have given your body the signal to produce less milk by breastfeeding less and supplementing.

Milk supply works on a supply and demand basis. The less you breastfeed, the less milk you will make. And the good news is that it is not too late to bring that supply up again.

The reason why your baby is having tummy issues is because formula changes the PH of the gut as well as is less easily digested. Please read about the protection that breast milk offers a baby's gut.
Gut protection

To start producing more milk and supplement less (it will be a gradual process), you need to:

* Breastfeed more
* Allow comfort feeding
The benefits of comfort feeding.
* Breastfeed first
* Start pumping in between feedings
* Start benefiting from skin to skin contact and kangaroo mother care.
What is skin to skin?
All about Kangaroo care
* Use breast compression while breastfeeding
Breast Compressions
* If after all these, you still feel your supply is on the low side, you can try a herbal tea...
my recipe.
* Eat a bowl of oats every morning.

As your supply increases, you can start to give less and less formula. Use the guide for tell tale signs.
Is my baby drinking enough?

Please let me know how things go.

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