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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 at 17:22

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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 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 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 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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