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I'm a new mummy, and my four month old son doesn't get enough breastmilk... I weigh him before and after breastfeeding, and found out that he gets only 1-2 oz every 4 hours. He didnt gain that much weight this month as well.

I spoke to lactation specialist, and she told me to give him a bottle, but he didn't take it. I've been trying it for 2 weeks already.

Does anybody have the same problem? Could anyone help me out, please?

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Welcome to the community Alex and thank you for your contribution. – balanced mama Jan 4 '14 at 17:22
Some moms pump, add a little rice to the milk, and feed baby later. There is milkshare where some moms share with other moms who need, if your supply is giving you challenges. Some folks recommend formula, some don't. Nipples can hurt - we only found one on the market (Phoenix metro) that our oldest would take. Formulas need to be right for the baby - we only found one on the market our oldest would take. – EngrStudent Feb 14 at 18:43

How are the growth charts? Exclusively breastfed babies have their own growth chart but I never did bother to chart my daughter's on it.

I exclusively breastfed (save maybe 4x when I tried the bottle because of your exact same situation - feeling the baby wasn't getting enough) until just last December. My daughter will be 3 in April. She used to nurse for 30-60 minutes as an infant so I guess my flow was slow or she wasn't sucking hard enough yet. And she has always been in the single digit percentile for weight but always 75%+ for height. "Tall and thin" is just how she is was what the pediatrician always said. I didn't have an oversupply issue and I was definitely eating a lot to compensate for breastfeeding calories.

So long as they are peeing and pooping what they are supposed to at their age, I would not be concerned (in hindsight). I was like you too when I was going through it! You could try squeezing the boob while they are latched to get faster flow. Also you could express a little first before they feed so they get the hind milk (the fattier milk sooner). That is what my lactation consultant suggested to me, not a bottle. Good luck!

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+1 for expressing first to get to the hind milk faster. Some kids just aren't interested in bottles and why stress yourself out about it if you don't have to? – Meg Coates Jan 4 '14 at 23:19
I didn't worry too much about it but my husband was such a worry wart about her weight he drove me batty. He still worries about it! – Rhea Jan 5 '14 at 2:22
And you are right some babies aren't interested in an artificial nipple. My daughter would never take a pacifier either. – Rhea Jan 5 '14 at 2:23

If your pediatrician is happy with the rate he's gaining weight, relax. If you pediatrician is not happy, she may suggest putting him on some sort of supplementary nutrition.

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