Re: Pump to gear up for growth spurt?
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I think you're probably overthinking this whole thing a bit. Yes, you may be able to boost production now and perhaps thereby avoid the more frequent demand when baby goes through his next growth spurt- but that just means that you go through the pain today instead of in the future. And that you are stuck pumping in order to keep supply boosted for... Who knows how long!?! Because growth spurts are unpredictable. You could have another one tomorrow, or not for several months. And you may do all that work with the pump and not see any appreciable change in baby's behavior during a spurt. He may continue to prefer smaller but more frequent meals, rather than maintaining the pattern of relatively infrequent feedings that he has now.
Regarding the amount of milk needed during a spurt vs. after the spurt is over, I don't know that anyone has a really good answer to that question. What I mean is that I don't think anyone has really quantified the answer. But in general, I do think the amount of milk the baby takes during a spurt is likely to exceed what he needs during non-spurt time, and therefore your supply is likely to go back down when baby isn't in spurt mode.
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