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Breastfeeding has gone relatively well this time around. Way less of a struggle than with dd#1. Dd2 latches well, empties both breasts but after a burp she's back to smacking her lips and sucking her fists. I don't know what to do. I nurse on demand all day long and she wakes at night every 3-4 hours to eat. Fenugreek and Mother's Milk tea upsets my stomach. The pump is a joke, I just won't let down for the pump. I've given in to supplementing because I just don't know what else to do! Any suggestions?
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Understand that supplementing with anything other than pumped milk will decrease your supply.

Try gripe water. Sucking on fists is often a sign of upset tummy.

As much sucking as can be done at the breast, should be done at the breast. It will increase your supply. Some babies, like my first, have a need to suck to soothe that far exceeds their hunger. Consider trying a pacifier, her thumb, or your finger (nail to tongue, pad to palate).

Oatmeal is considered great for supply.

How long does she usually spend on a side?
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Oatmeal works great, I could always tell the next day when I'd eaten oatmeal for breakfast. And I agree with what terra said.
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By supplementing, I mean she has had maybe 2 oz. of formula in a 24 hour period. Last night for instance, I fed her on both breasts (15 minutes at least), an hour later she was showing hunger signs (lip smacking, rooting, etc.) and then an hour later...again. After 2 oz. of formula she went to sleep. I do offer a pacifier but I sometimes wonder if she's actually hungry or if she just wants to suck. But when she's really hungry, even a pacifier won't do. She will have none of it.

I really want to make this work and I'm trying not to get discouraged. I am going to try oatmeal tomorrow and I've increased my water intake. She also has a weight check tomorrow so hopefully that will help ease my worries.

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I know every baby is different but Maya would sometimes eat for like an hour, so maybe 15 minutes on each breast is like her appetizer and she's still ready for more? I would put her back on the boobie when she does that and if she seems happy there just go with that.

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I know every baby is different but Maya would sometimes eat for like an hour, so maybe 15 minutes on each breast is like her appetizer and she's still ready for more? I would put her back on the boobie when she does that and if she seems happy there just go with that.

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Any longer than 15-20 min and it's obvious she isn't getting anything. I should clarify that I do offer the breast again if she still acts hungry but some times even that won't do. They are pretty much drained.

She weighed 9 lbs, 1 oz at the dr. today. That's a 7 oz. gain since last Thurs. Click here to enlarge
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Oh, and most babies have a growth spurt around 3 weeks, and again around 5 weeks, where it seems like they want to nurse non-stop for 24-48 hours. Then you end up engorged. Click here to enlarge Even if she is nursing on an "empty" breast, she is still getting some hind milk, and stimulating your breasts to make MORE milk in the future.

Whatever else, it sounds like you are both doing great.
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