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Old Jan 10th, 2010, 09:18 AM   1
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A few questions: supply, 8 hour sleeps & letdown


Some questions ladies, if anyone can help?

1. Beth has started sleeping from midnight to 8am - she is 6 weeks tomorrow, weight 10lb 6ozs. Her lowest weight was 7lb 12ozs so she has consistently gained an ounce a day.

Is this too long to go without a feed in terms of my overall milk supply and her hydration (hope not)? Should I set my alarm to wake up and feed or pump during the night? I know 6 weeks is the time supply is supposed to even out and my boobs have generally softened now.

2. The knock on effect of the above is that my let down is so strong in the morning and my boobs so engorged that Beth has started to puke up most of her morning feed (despite us being in the side lying position). For the life of me I cannot hand express and I am not able to pump when I know she is waiting to be fed. I just get too stressed.

Would you recommend a nipple shield in this situation? Or maybe waking in the night/very early morning to feed/express would be the better option? At the moment I am in pain when I wake up and don't want to risk mastitis

I have been working hard to increase my supply and am now starting to wonder if I have gone OTT. Problem only occurs in the morning though, she is fine at all other times and still cluster feeds in the evenings as if there is not quite enough for her.




 
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Old Jan 11th, 2010, 07:09 AM   2
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Some questions ladies, if anyone can help?

1. Beth has started sleeping from midnight to 8am - she is 6 weeks tomorrow, weight 10lb 6ozs. Her lowest weight was 7lb 12ozs so she has consistently gained an ounce a day.

Is this too long to go without a feed in terms of my overall milk supply and her hydration (hope not)? Should I set my alarm to wake up and feed or pump during the night? I know 6 weeks is the time supply is supposed to even out and my boobs have generally softened now.

My LO did the exact same thing, she cluster fed in the evenings and then would sleep between 6-8 hours straight from an early age. Neither me nor my LO ever had any issues with it. I leaked a bit at night but once my body regualted itself it was fine. The problem with getting up and pumping is you are telling your body your baby is drink XX amount of milk and thats what it should produce. Personally, unless you are uncomfortable engorged or you're not sure that this is going to be a permenant thing for your LO then i wouldn't pump. I've never been a big expresser though so someone else may have a different opnion.

2. The knock on effect of the above is that my let down is so strong in the morning and my boobs so engorged that Beth has started to puke up most of her morning feed (despite us being in the side lying position). For the life of me I cannot hand express and I am not able to pump when I know she is waiting to be fed. I just get too stressed.

Would you recommend a nipple shield in this situation? Or maybe waking in the night/very early morning to feed/express would be the better option? At the moment I am in pain when I wake up and don't want to risk mastitis

Ok so i hadn't read this far beofre making the above statement. I have never used a nipple shield tbh so can't give any practical advice on that.

I have been working hard to increase my supply and am now starting to wonder if I have gone OTT. Problem only occurs in the morning though, she is fine at all other times and still cluster feeds in the evenings as if there is not quite enough for her.

As above, it's likely she's going to cluster feed, not because there isn't enough but so she will sleep longer at night. My LO often fed 4/5 times between 6pm and 12am but would then sleep through unitl 8am

I've given a little advice above in colours, not a great help tbh but hoepfully it will make some sense to you?



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2010, 07:33 AM   3
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hi. i had this at the same age. i ended up just expressing a little out just before i fed finley so that he wouldn't choke. it was a lazy express onto a muslin just as he was stirring. i know it was a wast of milk that could of been frozen but it was literally a couple of squeezes so i he was happier and i was more comfy. the problem died down afer a few nights.



 
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Old Jan 11th, 2010, 07:56 AM   4
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hi. i had this at the same age. i ended up just expressing a little out just before i fed finley so that he wouldn't choke. it was a lazy express onto a muslin just as he was stirring. i know it was a wast of milk that could of been frozen but it was literally a couple of squeezes so i he was happier and i was more comfy. the problem died down afer a few nights.
Agree totally!

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