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Milk Supply: Too Much or Too Little?

Dana
DANA
Lactation Consultant
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"Too much, too little, or just right?" Does breastfeeding baby have you sounding like Goldilocks? If so, join the conversation for a straightforward answer on your supply, once and for all. Led by Tinyhood Breastfeeding Expert and Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Beth Sanders.

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Is My Partners child losing it?
WAYNE

My partner's baby latches on to her breast but is afraid that her baby's rhythmic reflex at her nipple to stimulate to get her breastmilk as her baby seems not to be getting her milk and my partner has plenty left in each breast still after feeds

Dana
DANA

How old is baby? Is baby content after a feeding? Baby doesn’t always empty breast completely - but if baby is peeing and pooping frequently and swallowing at the breast + content after a feed, those are great signs all is ok!

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Will sleeping through the night affect my milk supply?
MARGARET, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi there, my baby is almost four months and has begun to sleep through the night (woo!). He exclusively breastfeeds every three hours during the day and will also happily take a breast milk bottle.

I’ve been setting an alarm to pump in the middle of the night as not to tamper with my milk supply. As of now I’m simply freezing and storing the milk, but wondering when I’ll also be able to sleep through the night as well??

Dana
DANA

I say tonight is the night :)

Don't set your alarm and see what happens. It's possible your body will wake you up from feeling so full. In this case, pump just a few minutes for comfort. And...don't be surprised if you wake up in a pool of milk for a few days. [NOTE: If you've had issues with clogged ducts or mastitis in past then you may want to consider pumping for half the normal time for next few nights and then cut out once your body adjusts to that.] Keep feeding at least every 3 hours during day and your body should adjust and production should be just fine! Enjoy your new zzzzz's.

MARGARET

Thank you!! So looking forward to it!

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Truly hungry?
JENNIFER, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

Hello, my little one was born Dec 7th and I am breastfeeding and have just started to pump as well (my milk just came in yesterday). My little boy seems like he is CONSTANTLY hungry. I will nurse for 40 minutes (20 on each side) and give one oz of pumped milk per feeding and he is still searching for a nipple and crying. Is it possible he is truly still hungry or does he find comfort in feeding/ having something to suck? literally all I do is nurse and pump and nurse and pump and can still hardly keep up!

Thanks for any info or advice

Dana
DANA

Hi, mama! Congratulations! Newborn babies generally eat 8-12 times in a 24 hour period. Your baby is catching back up to birth weight and probably is truly hungry :) Also, remember, your babe's stomach is very small, so baby will eat frequently. All this nursing will help establish good milk production so try and hang in there!