Re: Going back to work and not sure what to do...
with the PP: giving supplements during those evening cluster feeds is a good way to end up with poor supply. I just want to address the following specifically:
It isn't necessary to let your breasts "fill up" in order for you to have milk. The breast is always making milk. The emptier the breast is, the faster milk gets made. The fuller it is, the slower milk gets made. This is a smart move on your body's part: if the breast kept making a lot of milk when the milk wasn't being used, you'd rapidly end up uncomfortable, and maybe with a plugged duct or mastitis to boot.
Originally Posted by @llli*sawyerchic28
If you simply allow the baby to nurse, she will eventually get a full meal, even from what feels like an "empty" breast.
A lot of moms start out feeling full or engorged frequently, or even most of the time. But that situation doesn't last. Most moms eventually adjust to make only as much milk as their baby or the pump demands, and when that adjustment happens it's normal to feel empty or flat or deflated- pick your adjective!- pretty much all the time.
Last edited by @llli*mommal; November 1st, 2012 at 08:11 PM.
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