Hii my baby is 3. 5 months old. I am confused whether am producing enough milk. Initially it was less and we used to bottle feed him.. But that happens only once or twice a day whenever he cries after drinking. But for last few days he is refusing to breastfeeding usually when he feels sleepy I think. I press and bring a drop and keep inside his mouth, but he latch as if he is hungry and just give a single suck nd then turn his head and starts crying. Then he started refusing one side of my breast nd it started paining little bit. Somehow am making him drink that side too. I thought because of bottle he is refusing to drink mine and stopped giving bottle since two days but he was miserably crying when he feels sleepy nd not at all latching. Finally he sleep off with empty stomach and when he wakes up he is drinking properly. I would like to end bottle feeding.. I don't know whether am producing enough milk. He has trouble giving poop. Its not going everyday. Usually he drinks every one hour or one and half max during day. Pls do give suggestion.

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you have to help your baby in latching which means that the baby should be able to take in the entire nipple, along with maximum of aerola (dark) region in his mouth. You may hold your nipple between your fingers and help the baby to take it in mouth. You can take help of lactation expert in hospital for this too. you need to check the flow of your milk. If it is less, you take care of your diet. You should also feed on both the sides for equal duration, that is 10 minutes at one side and another 10 minutes on the other side. If the milk flow is good, 20-25 minutes would be sufficient. Milk production or lactation is also dependent on sucking by the baby. The more the baby feeds, the more the milk is produced. Breast have to be emptied for more lactation.For the time being you can express the milk either by clean hands or by using a breast pump. This can be fed to the baby with sterilised katori and spoon. To increase milk production you need to both relax and take care of diet to help in lactation. Few suggestions are take a balanced diet of cereals (esp dalia, bajra), green leafy vegetables (esp methi, mustard leaves), dals & legumes (masoor. black channa, soybean), fruits, milk products, eggs fish & poultry. Do take almonds, cashew, walnuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, dates, raisins, cumin seeds, methi seeds, ajwain, dried ginger, gaund, jaggery etc. You should also take ample fluids in the form of lukewarm water, zeera water, soups, buttermilk, egg nog, milk etc. You may also read a blog for this on our website, link is given https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/-8-nutrition-tips-for-breastfeeding-mothers/539 Hope this helps.

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