Slow let-down in the evening and time to try cereal

Mindy - posted on 07/13/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Is it normal for let-down to take a little longer to kick in the evening since my breasts aren't as full as in the morning?

Also, since he clusterfeeds for his last two feedings and isn't getting as much as he does during the day at this point, should I try cereal to help him sleep through the night? He used to sleep from 9 p.m.-5 or 5:30 a.m. but now wakes up anywhere from 12 until 3. Kellan is four months old. Could this just be a huge never-endning growth spurt.

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Celeste - posted on 07/14/2012

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Susannah, you DON'T want full breasts. Full breasts=slow milk production. Floppy squishy breasts=GOOD. When you have fuller breasts, your breasts get the signal to slow down because baby isn't removing that milk.

Here's a great link about how milk production works:
http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/mi...

Here's another great link about cluster feeding and fussy evenings:
http://kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-...

Celeste - posted on 07/13/2012

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I wouldn't try cereal. #1) It isn't recommended to start solids til around 6 months or so #2) There's no guarantee that solids will help with sleep.

You don't want your breasts to feel full. This will actually slow milk production. Floppy breasts=working breasts.

Watch diapers. This is the best way to determine if he's getting enough. Never judge supply by baby's behavior. As long as he's getting 6-8 diapers, no matter content, you're doing fine.. Definitely could be a growth spurt!

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Janice - posted on 07/15/2012

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It could be teeth. My children always have nursed more while teething. My daughter got her first tooth right at 5 months but was teething for a good month before that. This could be a reason for the waking.

Susannah - posted on 07/14/2012

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i find the same i never feel as full in the evenings as i do in the morning and some days i dont feel as full as other days. at first i worried about it a lot but i get my baby weighed regularly and this reasures me. sometimes if u do not have enough rest you dont feel as full bt ur baby will still get enough he will just feed more making u more tired try to get a nap during the day while ur bay sleeps, when my daughter started to sleep durng the night i stopped having naps and got very exhausted, i was worried about my milk an was told to rest and more and feel fuller since

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