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Cleokatrah 04-04-2012 01:09 PM

LO prefers me engorged. Help?
Hi ladies. My lo and I have been a lucky pair so far. We tuned into bf pretty easily and I have, until now, had an oversupply. She is 5 1/2 weeks old and just finished a growth spurt. I belive my milk has just balanced out cause the only time I am engorged now is late nigh/early morning.

I *think* I have a relatively fast milk flow. It is a little hard to tell because she does not choke or gag. She does eat pretty vigorously, my letdown smarts a good bit, and when I pump I empty a breast of 3 or so ounces in 5 minutes or less. She fulfills herself pretty quickly, eating heartily for about 5 minutes then just kicking it and sleep eating/sucking. Sh also only takes one breast, and she's gained weight pretty rapidly. I definitely don't have a slow flow.

My lo is just happy as a pie to eat when I am full or engorged but as the day wears on, she gets fussy at the breast. She will only suck a couple minutes before taking herself off then rooting to get back on. After a while she'll start flailing and hittng my breast. I'll check my breasts multiple times during the feed and yep, I have milk, so what is the deal? Am I right that she doesn't appreciate the new slower flow? If so, do I pump to increase my supply so that I am full/engorged more often? Do I start afternoon bottles? Wait it out? We are only on our third day of this.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

carolineb 04-04-2012 02:26 PM

Mine did this too and I was convinced I had a supply problem so started supplementing. It led to early weaning because of bottle preference. By baby #3, I learned that is normal behavior and doesn't mean supply problems. The supply is naturally slower/less ample later in the day. This is when we would do the nursing marathons or nurse every half hour from 5-6pm until 10pm. That lasted until 8-12 weeks when I didn't have to cluster feed as much. So, grab a jug of water, some books or your smart phone and camp out in your favorite nursing chair! It doesn't stop the fussing always but it helped me to know that was normal. has some great info about this stage. GL!

Cleokatrah 04-04-2012 03:16 PM

Re: LO prefers me engorged. Help?
Super thanks! They're not kidding when they say "just when you've got breastfeeding down, it changes on you"

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