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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 05:47 AM   1
tu123
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How long does it take for boobs to fill with milk again after a feed?


Just wondering how it works during cluster feeds? At night George really fusses after a while. Just wondering whether it is to do with decreased milk after a good feed?



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 06:59 AM   2
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Milk never really runs out for good, and the more your baby sucks, the more is produced. I'd say it'd take about an hour for them to fill, but in the meantime, there's still milk in there.

Xanthe used to fuss sometimes during feeds, too. Sometimes her intestine would move while she was drinking, and we had to walk her around the house a bit, and then she would relatch, and again, and again, until she would finally finish her feed and fall asleep. This doesn't last forever though.

I'd say the first two months are the trickier in BFing.



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 16:47 PM   3
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I think it's different for everyone. I don't have much milk an hour after feeding but after two to three hours I have a lot more. My milk supply also is affected by how tired I am and what I am doing that day, if I'm resting then it definitely builds up quicker than if I'm busy.

I think when they are cluster feeding they do tend to be more fussy, but when feeding much more frequently I believe they get more hindmilk so they do get fuller on less milk.



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 20:17 PM   4
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I always feel like I'm completely drained as well. I drink a ton of water and do some massaging and it seems to help! Try to let yourself rest as I think it helps a LOT!



 
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Old Sep 2nd, 2012, 23:58 PM   5
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^^^ yes as vintagecat says - lots of rest and fluids and eat something too - snacks and meals rather than just 3 meals. It really helps.

My LC said that milk fills every 2 hrs and it seems to be true for me. I count off from the time I stop feeding, and by that mark all of a sudden my boobs get heavy and tingly and I know that my milk has come in



 
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Old Sep 3rd, 2012, 02:08 AM   6
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Porridge and non-alcoholic beer will help, too.



 
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Old Sep 3rd, 2012, 02:40 AM   7
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Boobs never go empty!

Look at it like this:

At first your boob is really full, so baby latches on and starts drinking. Then after a while while baby is drinking milk will be produced at the same time. It's kind of like drinking with a straw from a glass while someone continuously pours more liquid in the glass at the same rate you're drinking.

So your boobs are emptier, but never empty!



 
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Old Sep 3rd, 2012, 10:32 AM   8
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How long does it take for your eyes to refill with tears after crying? Or your mouth to refill with saliva after you swallow?



 
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