Re: Pumping Confusion - HELP!
Just be cautious if you choose this route. For some moms, tight bras and/or tummy sleeping will cause plugged ducts and/or supply reduction that is greater than desired.
Originally Posted by @llli*jeno
Usually the best and fastest way to stop nighttime engorgement is to put up with it. The more you leave milk in the breast, the more you let your body get the message that milk is sitting unused and the more likely it is that your body will reduce supply. If just putting up with the engorgement is too painful, try hand-expressing just enough to take the edge off the discomfort, while still leaving plenty of milk in the breast. That will give your body the "slow down, you're making too much milk" message, and your nighttime supply will drop- albeit not quite as fast as if you simply put up with the engorgement.
For leaking, I invested in a waterproof bed pad and used a towel over that.
You definitely don't want to overdo it! If you're pumping in place of a feeding, I would stop after 3-4 oz. If you're pumping in addition to a feeding, I'd stop after 2, and then pump the same amount at a second time during the day if you need to make a larger bottle. That way you're less likely to really ramp up an already abundant supply.
Originally Posted by @llli*babyk2
Yes, that all sounds pretty normal for a 1 month-old. 3 oz is usually quite sufficient for a baby that age, but he nay have been a little hungrier than average. Or he may have finished the bottle so quickly that he didn't realize how full he was. Or- and this is the one that seems most likely to me- he still wanted to suck after he finished the bottle, and mom is always the best way for a baby to get his sucking needs met!
We did give my LO a bottle of bm last night to see how he would do with it and he did very well.... it was 3oz and he was still showing signs of hunger after that. So I nursed him after he finished the bottle --- that seems like a lot of milk to me but he didn't spit up or anything after taking all of that. Does that sound normal for a one month old?
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"