Is my baby’s slow growth caused by not breastfeeding often enough?
Sometimes babies grow slowly because they don’t breastfeed often enough. They may be able to breastfeed effectively and their mothers may have a full milk supply, but if babies don’t breastfeed 7 to 10 times a day, they may not get enough milk. It may be that these babies are allowed to sleep more than five hours at a time, are swaddled, or use a pacifier regularly. They may be forced to breastfeed on a four-hour schedule or forced to stay on one breast for an entire feed. Correcting these problems may be all that is needed to ensure the baby gets enough milk without the need for supplements. The baby will, however, need to be supplemented if the mother does not have a full milk supply or if these problems are corrected and the baby does not immediately show signs of getting enough milk.