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How To Increase early evening Supply ?

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lovinit Fri 19-Aug-05 12:35:13

My milk supply for the 5/6pm feed seems quite low (not much if any sensation of let down which I usually get ) which I know is common and to be expected. How can I increase it ? At the moment I am expressing at 8pm ish for get 2oz out to be used as a top up for the next day since I give formula at the 10pm feed. However, I am going away in 3 weeks and I want to be able to not have to express daily but still want to BF at this feed ... Any suggestions ? Or is what I am doing the only way ?

It is funny how the 2.5 hrs after the 6pm feed my breasts feel so much fuller than the 2.5 hrs after the 2.30pm feed.

I read on another thread that Mears suggested pumping in between feeds. Would that mean that I wld have to pump in the am or pm ? I too am worried that there would not be enough for the next feed too .

Maddison Sat 20-Aug-05 00:29:35

I'll bump this up for you....and I'll watch for replies as I'm much the same

MummyPig Sat 20-Aug-05 01:28:37

It may just be that your letdown is slower in the evening, not that you have less milk at that time. But you could try breast compression as your baby feeds, to help get the milk out of the reservoirs.

Regarding the expressing while away, I think it probably depends how young your baby is and how long you are going away for. If they are under 6 months I would certainly carry on expressing so as not to mess up the balance between supply and demand too much. And I would probably do it more often than once a day.

I think if you express regularly then your breasts get used to this regular 'demand' (almost like an extra feed) so that's probably why your breasts feel full in the hours after 6 pm.

With ds2 I generally only express when he's away from me and missing a 'real' feed, in which case I get plenty of milk - pretty much a whole feed's worth. But with ds1 I did a lot more expressing in between feeds and sometimes it was only an ounce or two so I had to do it several times to get enough for one feed.

Regarding timing of expressing, I think you have to experiment to find what suits you. Some people say to express immediately after a feed as there's always some milk left in your breasts (and it will be fattier hindmilk which is good for supplementing with). I personally find it really difficult to get any milk by pumping immediately after a feed. So my rule of thumb with ds1 was to wait about an hour after a feed, as I didn't expect him to feed again for a while. But I know it depends on the baby (ds2 feeds far more frequently than ds1 did).

On the occasions when they have surprised me and want to feed earlier, quite soon after pumping, I do feel like my breasts weren't producing milk fast enough for them and we both got frustrated. There's a good article about how milk production works here on kellymom.com . Based on this information, I guess that it was probably just that the letdown was slower just after pumping, so my kids had to work harder for the milk. But I'd try to leave a reasonable gap for both your sakes!

This is all purely based on my experience and the information I have read, a mnetter with more experience/training may give better advice, but I hope this helps a little.

lovinit Sat 20-Aug-05 12:41:49

Mummypig, tks for the link ... excellent article which I shall keep for reference !

MummyPig Sun 21-Aug-05 09:45:15

Glad to be of some help. This breastfeeding lark can be very frustrating at times but I certainly found with ds2 that understanding how it works has helped me to carry on. (I was fairly clueless with ds1.)

Tessiebear Sun 21-Aug-05 11:45:29

Great article Mummypig- really useful

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