I thought breastfeeding at night was particularly good for boosting supply as hormone levels are higher and gave someone this advice the other day ... but now can't find any evidence for it at all. Have I passed on an old wives' tale?
Prolactin levels are higher at night. This is the main hormone responsible for milk production. Missing feeds (which tends to be more likely at night given our need for sleep) causes a response that inhibits milk production. Too tired to sound eloquent but I think la leche or bf network should have a link. If not, your local feeding adviser (the "top" one, who should be contactable via your bf support group) should have references for you.
Yeah I have wondered about this too. Not a prob for me as am often night feeding (yawn) but what about if you're one of those lucky people whose baby sleeps through v early; do you then have supply issues?
i've read about this too. prolactin etc. mine stopt nightfeeds at 18 months or so, so supply was no longer an issue (yawn). it did encourage me however to keep up with the nightfeeds at 6 mo when I returned to work and could not feed during the day.