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Kristen wrote at 2008-11-15 23:32:36
The last expert failed to mention the fact that your baby's stools are green. This indicates that the baby is not getting enough hindmilk. Make sure your baby empties the first breast before switching sides. If the green stools continue, meet with a lactation consultant to see if you have a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.

Further, babies under 3 months are far too young to let them cry it out.  Your baby is trying to tell you something when she cries. If she does indeed need to nurse, she's not being satisfied enough. This is another reason to meet with a consultant to make sure the constant feeds aren't due to another, fixable reason.  

Kim wrote at 2009-03-07 04:28:55
Hi Irene,

I noticed that you mentioned that your babies bowl movements were green.  I had concerns about that with my child while breastfeeding, so I asked my health nurse.  My heath nurse mentioned that my baby was only getting the foremilk and not the milk that contains the fat in it which will satisfy hunger longer.  The foremilk is sweeter and lacks the fat.  She had told me that the bowl movements should be yellow in colour.  I was also told to check and make sure that she pee's frequently.  Your baby might want to feed more frequently due to the fact that she might not be getting more than just your foremilk.  I hope this helps!!

jessica wrote at 2009-04-18 01:22:29
Babies often need to nurse more than every three hours. That is old advice and bad advice. Don't force an exclusively breastfed baby to wait more than 2 hour if they are showing hunger signs. Some mothers need the stimulation to keep up their milk supply, too.

Kerri Jones wrote at 2011-04-12 21:01:02
Whoever answered your original question, which I know is 3 years old now, is uninformed! I am posting this in case anyone else reads this terrible advice!!

An average 8 week old baby will eat every 2 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night (though every baby is different).  Your baby was sleeping 5-7 hours a night, so she is probably more hungry during the day, so she eats more often.  She could also be reaching a new milestone, having a growth spurt, or perhaps her tummy is upset and your milk soothes her.  

In any case... who are we do decide whether another being is hungry.  If she is hungry, feed her!  Don't watch the clock!  

Mumster wrote at 2013-01-09 23:24:19
That's terrible! Never leave your baby to cry it out! Don't you have a heart? Maybe the poor baby is going through a growth spurt. Whatever the reason she obviously needs to nurse. Breastfed babies should be fed on demand, especially when they're so young. It is very cruel to leve her to cry or 40 minutes. Why don't you wear her in a sling so you can breastfeed discreetly when you're out? I can't believe people actually advise others to let a baby who's only 8 weeks old cry for no reason. Just feed your baby. She needs to be fed.


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