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Q&A: How Do I Make Sure My Baby Is Getting Enough Milk?

Wendy Goldenthal, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor

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Q My son is almost 5 months old and I am still breastfeeding. I don't want to stop, but I don't make enough to fill him up. He is starting on cereal and foods, but it doesn't seem to help keep him full. We have resorted to using formula every once in awhile to fill him up at night before bed. What is the best thing to do to keep him mostly on the breast?

A At this stage, breastmilk is intended to be the major source of nutrition. Your baby is new at learning to taste and swallow, so food at this time is not intended to replace breastmilk. The best way to keep your baby on the breast is to feed your baby one side at each feeding. Have your baby stay on the breast until he is totally done feeding. If your baby nurses on one side at a feeding, he will get the foremilk and the high fatty satisfying hind milk also. This may also satisify your baby.

Warmly,
Wendy

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A Certified Breastfeeding Counselor with eight years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Nursing Mothers Supplies, a website where breastfeeding mothers can purchase breastfeeding supplies and get a little advice as well.


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