Supply worries

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Supply worries
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Mon, 04-19-2010 - 5:51pm

This is sort of a follow-up to my previous post re: pumping.


Selin has been sleeping 6-8 hours stretches at night for over a week now. The first few days, I was very full by

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 7:28pm

Christine--I might be wrong, but I think one month is about how long it takes your body to figure out how much the baby is eating--therefore, right now it might be producing exactly enough and "knows" that Selin doesn't need any more.

I'm not sure what your situation is with work--if you need to build up a freezer supply, try adding in a whole separate pumping session somewhere. Otherwise I wouldn't worry too much about it, though.

If you want to build up your supply more, though, I know oatmeal works well. So you could try eating oatmeal once a day or so and see if that helps.

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Mon, 04-19-2010 - 7:36pm
Christine- You're supply is probably just leveling out, you're body know's how much Selin needs, and doesn't make a lot extra. If we have to much milk it can lead to clogged ducts and mastitis, so our bodies regulate it pretty well. When James first started sttn I would wake up engorged every morning, but now I don't anymore, my body just knows how much milk to make. I rarely ever feel "full" anymore, and can't really pump after a feeding, but I'm sure that James is getting plenty of milk. HTH!
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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 10:02pm

Just seconding Grace's reply. You get to used to that overfull feeling at first that it's normal when your supply levels out to worry that you're not making enough. But, as long as her diaper production is still good and she's not acting hungry then you're fine.

Also, fwiw, Patrick STTN from 8-16 weeks, and then never again :) So, that could happen with Selin, or it could not. Just so you're prepared.

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Tue, 04-20-2010 - 9:31am

It is probably just your supply regulating. I know with Desmond it took my body about 3 months to truly regulate, but if she is already sleeping through the night, which is nice while it lasts, your body maybe regulating earlier. With Eloise my body was regulated within the first few weeks, since Desmond was tandem nursing, and it helped with it apparently.

Neither of mine sleep through the night till closer to 3 months though. I do love that period from 3 to 6/7 months when they do sleep through the night since it lets me catch up on sleep, before we hit the up 2 to 3 times a night to nurse stage from 6/7 months to 15ish months when I nightwean them.












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Registered: 09-12-2008
Tue, 04-20-2010 - 11:02am

Thanks so much ladies! I feel so much better now. :-)


I think the STTN streak is over. Last night Selin slept for 4 hours,

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Tue, 04-20-2010 - 3:11pm

I think the ladies there are used to seeing so many problems that they probably just would rather solve a potential problem than not solve it and the Mom ends up giving up on BFing, KWIM?

Plus a lot of women don't like to hear "nothing is wrong", they want some kind of solution to a perceived problem. So they might be reacting to that as well.

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