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    Default less at night

    It appears that as the day goes on my supply drops and by night time it seems like there is noting coming out. I have a 12 week old and she is very hungry at night. It seems like all I do is sit and feed her at night. This has been going on since birth. When I give her a pumped bottle she drinks it and will go to sleep. I am afraid that I will run dry and have to switch to formula. Help!

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    May 2006

    Default Re: less at night

    What you describe is absolutely normal. Most moms have a dip in supply at the end of the day, and at 12 weeks, most babies want to be at the breast all the time, particularly right before bed when they are tired and hungry and cranky and want to tank up for their first significant stretch of sleep. The best thing you can do is to not resort to the bottle, and just nurse, nurse, nurse. This will train your body to produce more milk in the evening, when your baby requires it. Every time you offer the bottle, the baby skips the nursing marathon she was otherwise going to give you, and that means your body misses the message that a nursathon gives, which is "Make more milk!"

    As long as you continue to nurse on demand, you will not run dry or need to supplement.

    Congratulations on making it to 12 weeks! You've gotten through the hardest part. If you can do 12 weeks, you can do 12 months!

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