Re: How do you know...other breast & low supply
It's tricky. You have to go by feel. If the baby eats from the 1st breast but still seems hungry after, you offer the 2nd breast. Sometimes that means messing up your blocks when you're block feeding, but that's okay. You're not aiming for 100% perfect timing w/ block feeding, just looking to get it generally on target.
How do I know when/if it's ok to offer the second?
Diaper output is the best measure of supply. If baby has adequate wet and poopy diapers, your supply is fine. Other signs of adequate supply:
And could I have low supply? How would one know she has low supply?
- Baby's poops are generally yellow and curd-y
- Baby seems satisfied after feeding
- Baby is gaining adequate weight
A lot of mamas would disagree on this one. Some will say that a 3 week-old should never sleep more than 3-4 hours at a stretch. I personally feel that a 3 week-old can be allowed to sleep longer if:
I have been feeding at 11p and 2a ish, but I usually get DD up for the 2am one because I'm scared it will affect my supply/cause enforcement etc. Can I let her sleep? We have the green light from the doc too, but I'm scared! Could I maybe pump at that time instead? Assuming she would sleep. This is all hypothetical
- nursing is going well
- diaper output is good
- weight gain is normal
- the baby wants to sleep longer (i.e. you should never try to get such a young baby to sleep longer than they naturally want to)
If you decide to let her sleep, you can pump at 2 a.m.. However:
- it will perpetuate the supply you currently have- which is not necessarily desirable if you have oversupply
- if you don't do it, and your baby suddenly starts needing more nighttime feedings, she'll be able to boost your supply back up in a short amount of time as long as you nurse her on demand
- 3 weeks is still early to introduce a bottle, so if you're planning on using that pumped milk to replace a feeding, I would wait another week or so at least.
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