I've just started another semester at school and am having to go about 5 hours between feeds twice a day (two 4 hour classes). I usually nurse my LO as I'm walking out the door but don't have time until after class to feed or pump. My question is will this effect my supply? I have a car adapter for my pump if necessary. I could ask for an extended break to. Is 5 hours too long between pumping or feeding? Btw my LO is 8 weeks old. Thanks!
I don't think its to long to go without pumping or feeding directly, ie. if you feed just before go in, and then feed/pump as soon as you come out then I don't think your supply will be affected as long as you are feeding on demand the rest of the time,.
I do think however that 5hrs is to long for a baby to go without milk at such a young age, P is 8months old and only goes that long overnight without milk, and even that is hit and miss. during the day he still nurses every 3ish hours,
So assuming that someone else will be able to feed your LO during the 5hrs you're in class I don't think there will be a problem.
Hi Kota! How have you been? Thanks for replying. Yes I have a freezer full of milk for the times when I'm away from LO. However, for my first class yesterday, I nursed her at 12:30pm and she napped for 4 hours and ate when she woke up. Its normal for her to wake up and feed around 7am, then to take a long morning nap from 8a-12p and not feed again before. I pump while she is napping. Maybe she is one of those babies that purposely don't take a lot of milk while away from mom.
I would have thought 5 hours, once a day, would be fine. You might manage 2 x 5 hours but it could all get very very stressful. As it's so individual, it's really hard to say what will happen - but I'd be inclined to caution
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