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Giving expressed milk and milk supply

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shirleycat1 Tue 29-Sep-09 10:40:01

How much does it affect your supply if you miss a breast feed and someone else gives expressed milk instead. I would imagine just once in a while it's fine but I wasn't sure and what if I needed to do it twice in a week.

I'm just asking because I give a dream feed at 10.30 but I am so tired and could really do with an early night, so I wanted dp to give it tonight. But also on Friday I am planning on going out for a few drinks and so he'll definitely be giving expressed milk then, but I don't want my supply to be affected and not have enough milk to feed in the evening.

Am I being overly cautious? How many feeds do you need to miss before your supply is affected?

Thanks in advance for responses...

MrsBadger Tue 29-Sep-09 11:04:43

how old is the baby?

after a couple of months your supply is probably robust enough to cope, but you may still find you wake up engorged in the night.

shirleycat1 Tue 29-Sep-09 11:16:09

Thank you.

He's 19 weeks. But he's still waking for a feed between 3 and 4 so that should sort out engorgement. Is there anywhere I can read information on this?

MrsBadger Tue 29-Sep-09 11:25:43 is always a good place to start for bf information.

But at 19wks skipping two feeds in a week shouldn;t affect your supply at all - and if it does ds will let you know by having a feedathon to get it back up again. They really are quite clever...

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