Supply vs Sleep

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Supply vs Sleep
Fri, 02-17-2012 - 8:17am
So my sweet angel is sleeping usually 5 to 6 hours at night. She is two months old today. My worry is the time between feeds will decrease my supply. I pump at work and usually try to pump at least twice at home. I noticed this AM I was not as full as I have been. I am worried that with my body adjusting I wont get as much and it will effect my supply for babysitter. As of right now my daughter drinks 4oz but I can only pump 3oz at a sitting. Any suggestions? I would like to still get sleep but if I must wake to pump I guess I will. I just don't want to get burned out.


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Fri, 02-17-2012 - 11:00am

Is your childcare person doing paced feeding?

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Fri, 02-17-2012 - 2:29pm
My gut feeling is as long as u nurse as much as u can while you're with her your supply will adjust. Also many women have an over supply in the start and then their body regulates to what the actual demand is. As PP said make sure the feedings are paced. And make sure if ur getting DD back at 2pm she wasn't fed a 4 oz bottle at 1pm KWIM? So she can nurse as soon as you're back together. I'm sure u know the ounce an hour rule give or take if you're away 12 hours baby should need about 12 oz total. Can you squeeze in a pump whil driving ? It may help a little. 3 oz is the high end of normal pump totals so dont be too hard on yourself Hang in there!
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Fri, 02-17-2012 - 4:57pm
Quick reply bc I'm on the iPad and also in a hurry, but both the PP have made excellent suggestions.


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Mon, 02-20-2012 - 11:56am
You're doing great Dixie. The PP have given you great advice already. I held on to pumping twice at work through the first year and keeping my early morning pump in place on weekends too. It all worked out and my supply stayed up. Now that DS is 13 months, I went down to one pump at work only. I am gone for about 10-11 hours a day so it's just too long to skip pumps completely since DS still nurses pretty heavily when we're together.

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