how do i make sure i don't lose supply?

Lauren - posted on 07/25/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I breastfeed my 3 week old and he is up every two hours at night. To let me get a little sleep my husband just started to give one bottle of breast milk a night. So i don't lose my supply i pump after early morning feedings. Am i doing this correctly or should i be doing something else?

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Lori - posted on 07/25/2012

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As long as you pump whenever your baby is fed from a bottle, you shouldn't loose your supply. Your milk supply works on supply/demand. The more milk that is removed from your breast, the more milk you will make. Every time you feed your baby directly from your breast it signals your body that your baby needs that milk. If your baby gets milk from a bottle (even previously pumped milk), your body doesn't' know that baby needed that milk unless you pump again to make up for it.

It sounds like what you're doing is fine. Your baby is getting one bottle of expressed milk, and you are pumping daily to make up for that milk.

If you'd like more info on how milk production works, check out this page from Kelly Mom.

http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/mi...

Amy - posted on 07/25/2012

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That's what I did with my daughter, I knew I would be going back to work so my husband always gave a bottle in the middle of the night when he got home from work so that when I did return to work she would take a bottle.

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