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How do I know when my supply has regulated?

Posted by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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My ds is 1 month. I've had oversupply and OAL from the start. I've been on 6-8 hr blocks for 2 weeks. This practically means 2-3 feeds per side. There has been some (just some!) decrease in fussiness w this pattern. In last 2 days my boobs feel quite empty after just one feed. Do I decrease the blocks or keep on keeping on?
by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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Analugojana
by on Apr. 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM

It sounds like your supply regulated. I would stop the block feeding as you don't want to decrease your supply too much. Fusiness at one month is NORMAL.

Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Apr. 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM
If you have stopped become engorged you can stop or.decrease block feeding.
Ms.Pteranodon
by Silver Member on Apr. 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM
I would stop the block feeding.
amc103
by Alli on Apr. 29, 2013 at 2:44 AM

Ive been dealing with this too...I did 12 hour blocks for 3 weeks, my OAL and oversupply was so bad. I went to 8 hour blocks 4 days ago and things are going well so far! Just wanted to say that you're not alone! Sounds like your supply has regulated! Thank goodness huh? :-) HUGS!

OpalG
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM
Ugh! Well, that MAY have been a false alarm..
For 2 days, I wasn't really super engorged and my boobs felt "drained" after one feed.
SO, I thought I'd try one boob a feed today rather than 2-3. BUT I woke up super-engorged for no real reason (didnt miss a feed) and ds spitting and sputtering .....SO I guess for now , I should just keep up the block feeding... Darn.

I guess I just don't want to miss a window where block feeding will lower my total supply . Do I have to worry about that?
gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Apr. 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Not really. Because the only way you can do permanent supply damage is to chop off a breast or start taking estrogen regularly.

At one month, it's early. Six weeks is usual for supply regulation. Some of us have to wait till month four.

Quoting OpalG:

Ugh! Well, that MAY have been a false alarm..
For 2 days, I wasn't really super engorged and my boobs felt "drained" after one feed.
SO, I thought I'd try one boob a feed today rather than 2-3. BUT I woke up super-engorged for no real reason (didnt miss a feed) and ds spitting and sputtering .....SO I guess for now , I should just keep up the block feeding... Darn.

I guess I just don't want to miss a window where block feeding will lower my total supply . Do I have to worry about that?


OpalG
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM
Oh. Ok, thank you for helping me- I have no immediate plans of chopping off either breast (wouldn't have the time to clean the mess). ;-)
So ill just keep on keeping on and re-eval at week 6
What exactly am I looking for to know I've regulated? Stopping of spray and engorgement?


Quoting gdiamante:

Not really. Because the only way you can do permanent supply damage is to chop off a breast or start taking estrogen regularly.

At one month, it's early. Six weeks is usual for supply regulation. Some of us have to wait till month four.

Quoting OpalG:

Ugh! Well, that MAY have been a false alarm..

For 2 days, I wasn't really super engorged and my boobs felt "drained" after one feed.

SO, I thought I'd try one boob a feed today rather than 2-3. BUT I woke up super-engorged for no real reason (didnt miss a feed) and ds spitting and sputtering .....SO I guess for now , I should just keep up the block feeding... Darn.



I guess I just don't want to miss a window where block feeding will lower my total supply . Do I have to worry about that?



Analugojana
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Yes, softer breasts, no more porn star boobs, I'm afraid.

macmom72
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I am a new mom, 40 years old, with an 8 week old baby.  My boobs have never "sprayed," and I am constantly wondering if I am giving enough, so every once in awhile, each day, will supplement with formula. Sometimes I go two day with breastfeeding only, but then she doesn't have enough wet or poopy diapers. The doc says I must be doing something right with both types of feeding because she is thriving and is on track with her weight gain. I want to exclusively breast feed, but I don't think I make enough, even with trying the nasty tasting tea. When I pump, I only get 2 oz or less, but mainly less than an ounce, both breasts combined.

aehanrahan
by Group Mod - Amy on Apr. 29, 2013 at 4:50 PM
Regulation happens many times throughout the nursing relationship. You may have regulated once so far, but not quite enough to be able to stop block feeding.
Block feeding will not reduce your supply below the demand of your baby.
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