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April 7th, 2008, 03:01 PM
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I've been EBFing up until about a week ago. Lilly seemed to do fine until the nighttime where it seemed she wanted to eat every hour where as before she would sleep for at least one 4 or 5 hour stretch a night. I decided to pump one evening and realized I was only getting 1oz combined out of both boobs. This was right before her bedtime. No wonder why it seemed like she wanted to eat all night long. We started supplementing 3oz before bed but I don't really want to continue this. I've been pumping while my husband feeds her the bottle. I'll pump even after nothing comes out. Is that the way to do it? Will that help increase my supply at night? What else can I do?
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April 7th, 2008, 04:13 PM
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You are probably comming up on the 3 month growth spurt. Cut out the supplamenting and let her go to town. This is a big growth spurt and she will want to nurse, nurse and nurse some more. Just follow her lead and she'll let you know what to do. Don't worry, it will be over before the 6 month growth spurt starts!
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April 7th, 2008, 07:23 PM
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yeah, this is growth spurt time! Cadie has been nutso.
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April 7th, 2008, 08:03 PM
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ok, good to hear about the 3 monther. walter has been super fussy and wants to eat all the time, and then gets pissed when the milk comes out and needs his binky, and then wants to eat again, its getting really tiring! alyssa, i hope it's just a growth spurt for you too, but i know you've struggled with her wanting to feed at night for awhile. just keep doing what you're doing. i would say pump for 30 minutes, even if nothing comes out. also try mimicking cluster feeding with the pump. for an hour, pump for 10 minutes then stop for 10 then pump for 10, etc. i have heard that this is a very effective way to increase supply.
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April 8th, 2008, 07:46 AM
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Ditto about the 3 month growth spurt, not to mention your baby may be beginning cluster feeding - another totally normal thing It will help your supply more than pumping ever will & your baby is getting enough Cut out the supplementing - it will only make the problem worse, and baby can do without it Nurse through it It IS temporary, though thats not to say it wont last a while. My little one did cluster feeding for quite a while. But really, once I just succumbed to the fact that this is how it was, life got easier. Try to plan around her evening cluster feeding rather than trying to get her cluster feeding worked into the nightly routine (does that make sense)? Just accepting that this is what she needs, for whatever reason, will make life easier lol.


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