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I was told by a doctor (take with a grain of salt) that I can't go any longer than 6 hrs without nursing even at night because it will hurt my supply and my body won't create the hormones my breasts need. Is this true? Have anyone else heard this? He's a specialist and supposed to know what he's talking about but I know MANY people who get to sleep through the night or the child sleeps for about 10 - 12 hrs without nursing. Sometimes dd has gone all night without nursing but most of the time she goes to bed at 7pm and doesn't wake to nurse till at least 3 or 4am. That's 8/9 hrs. He said to wake her at 6 hrs to nurse but if I do that she will only go back to sleep for about 3 hours and then she's waking up at about 4am and won't go back to sleep...

by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM
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dleon621
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 8:19 PM

 your body will adjust to the baby while the baby grows.Your supply is well established after the first couple of months.

BrownEyedGirl86
by Bronze Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM
My dd slept through the night at 14 days old. And my supply has stayed awesome.
Now she wakes up too much forliking lol but it's bc of her teeth.
Just remember your boobs never are totally empty while actively nursing.
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jesuschild06
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 9:17 PM
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I think that IF your supply starts dropping from not feeding at night, and that's a huge if, then pump just a tad, even for just 5-10 minutes, but absolutely do not wake baby. You don't want to over feed which is what will happen if you wake and force to eat. And babies grow WHILE sleeping, so let them sleep.
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1stpreggers
by on Jan. 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

hmm Idk about suppky issuses but my LC told me you shouldnt go longer than five hours at night, to make sure baby gets enough.

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Jan. 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM
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If you're changing enough dipes, there's no need for that.

Quoting 1stpreggers:

hmm Idk about suppky issuses but my LC told me you shouldnt go longer than five hours at night, to make sure baby gets enough.


1stpreggers
by on Jan. 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM

my Lo started losing too much weight so I watch how much time between feedings

Quoting gdiamante:

If you're changing enough dipes, there's no need for that.

Quoting 1stpreggers:

hmm Idk about suppky issuses but my LC told me you shouldnt go longer than five hours at night, to make sure baby gets enough.



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PolishMamma2
by Marta on Jan. 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM
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This, the nursing at night to boost hormones is when your trying to hold off your menstral cycle. If your baby is sleeping at night then let it sleep. I would only be kinda paronoid if it was a new born.

Quoting luna321:

If you are using nursing for birth control you shouldn't go longer than 6 hours, but like others said its supply demand.


Mitzi31
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Yep an I wish I would have known that 3 months ago. I've already started AF and that was probably why. She's ben sleeping at night for at least 8 hrs straight since she was about a month old.

Nah, when she was first born the first month it was nursing every hour! :-)

Thanks!

Quoting PolishMamma2:

This, the nursing at night to boost hormones is when your trying to hold off your menstral cycle. If your baby is sleeping at night then let it sleep. I would only be kinda paronoid if it was a new born.

Quoting luna321:

If you are using nursing for birth control you shouldn't go longer than 6 hours, but like others said its supply demand.



rHOPEb
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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My thought in it all.....if the baby is asleep then LET THEM SLEEP!!!!!!  I never wake a sleeping baby unless there is a medical condition.  Your body is always producing milk and will have supply to meet the demand.  

My daughter was sleeping through the night by around 2mos and we EBF til 13mos.  My son on the other hand wakes 2x at night to nurse.  Just depends on the child..........I say, get your sleep!!!!

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