My son is turning three months old tomorrow and he has a large appetite. He only eats out of my left breast and though I try putting my right breast in his mouth he will only suck on it for a few minutes before spitting it out for the other one and I try to pump the right breast but it doesn't create much. I have been having to feed more because I believe he is going through a growth spurt, and Im not sure my left breast can keep up with his appetite. I do not want to put him on formula but would like to have something to feed him once a day to help keep him full. Im not sure if 3 months is to young to feed baby food. I cant give him rice cereal because he is already 18 lbs at 3 months I dont need him gaining any more weight. I also would like to know of any ways I can get my breasts to produce more since I work part time and my milk production isnt keeping up with his appetite so I have to keep leaving work. Please any advice on these two subjects would be most welcome.
From everything I hear and read, 3 months old is a little young to be put on baby food like veggies and fruits. I think that baby cereal and oatmeal would be okay. To produce more, I always drank a ton of water. Some people claim that oats help them produce more. There are all kinds of foods and herbs that supposedly help, but I just stuck with water, it worked fine for me. I'm sure you could google something about how to produce more milk and you would find some more answers. My son never got enough milk when breastfeeding, so I started pumping. It was a pain, but it made a world of difference since he wasn't "extracting" enough from me. Good luck!
I think if he's 18 pounds at 3 months, your boob is doing just fine! He's probably just going through a growth spurt. Let him nurse when he wants to. You're doing great. :)
My pediatrician said not to start jarred foods until closer to six months because offering them too soon increases their risk of developing allergies. Cereals can be started around four months. He is probably just going through a growth spurt. I wouldn't offer formula because that may in turn cause him to nurse less which will actually decrease your supply more. Has he always preferred the left side over the other one? The reason I ask is that my son wouldn't latch onto the right side when he was born either. It would often take me 20 minutes or so just to get him latched on to that side. My mom suggested switching positions when I fed him on that side and it worked! You might try using a different nursing position when you feed him on the right side just to see if it helps. You said he's latching on, but not feeding long on that side which could be because he recognizes that he's not getting as much milk due to lack of feeding on that side. The best way to increase milk supply is to use more milk so I would suggest pumping after you nurse each time. If you nurse normally and then pump for 15 minutes afterward each time, you should see a big increase in production. Keep pumping even if you're not producing milk because the suction will tell your body that you need to make more. Hope that helps and good luck!
My daughter has been on rice ever since she was 3 weeks old. She has horrible gurd, and would project her whole bottle across the room.So we had to start little by little to thicken her formula. She also has a thickening between her small intestine and stomach, that will require surgery when she gains enough weight, as of right now she is 9lb 8 oz. She is taking up to 3 oz formula and 3 tablespoons rice. So far she keeps most of her bottle down as long as we keep her upright and off her tummy.We haven't had any issues so far from it. I have always started all my kids early on it too because they were all little chow hounds. and I never had issues then. My older kids are 18,14, and 5. None of them are over weight.. My oldest had a lot of gas, this was b4 they came out with the awesome grip water and gas drops, his Dr. told me to give him an oz of warm flat Coke. Worked wonders!
I think it is up to you and your Dr. My older kids Dr. was the son of my Dr. when I was growing up, so he used a lot of the same "old fashion" practices as his dad.. Now we have a fresh Dr. right out of school. sometimes I question her..
3 months is too early even for rice cereal. Your body will be able to adjust to how much your baby is eating. To help increase your milk supply you can pump a bit before as well as after feeding. That helped me alot. I would always pump after I fed (I have twins) and it has helped me keep up my milk supply for them. Try not to get frustrated; babies can sense that. Just be patient with your child and speak in a soft calming voice encouraging your baby to eat.
You can also try calling the hospital you delivered at and ask to speak with a lactation consultant.
I have a 3 month old baby boy and I feed him baby food. They say that its too young but the 1st foods say that its for a "supported sitter" well my 3 month old is a supported sitter. I do not think that it is too young at all. If your baby eats it well then why not? It doesn't hurt them at all. I think it is much better than formula. My little one can't stand the taste of formula. So I feed him baby food one to 2 times a day just to build him up to it. I say go for it! It keeps my baby fuller longer which makes it easier on me.