Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Low Milk Supply issues part two

hey, i just read this book from the library, and I thought it was really good. Its an easy read.
The name of the book is
So That's What They are For! A definitive guide to breastfeeding by Janet Tamaro

oh, and here's something really interesting (from the book): pg 118
what the baby needs per breastfeeding (with a normal 8 - 12 feedings in 24 hours)
if he weighs:
9-12 lbs - 3 oz of breastmilk per feeding
13-15 lbs - 4 oz of breastmilk
15-17 lbs - 5 oz of breastmilk

Another formula on page 222 is this:
your baby will drink 2.5 oz of milk per pound of weight in a day. So a ten pound baby will drink about 25 oz in 24 hours. So sometimes, he will drink 2 oz, sometimes 4 oz.

My own personal experience: Aidan will cluster feed and feed continuously from 2 pm to 7 pmish. then every 2 hours or so after that until about 1 AM and then he will give me a nice solid block of 5 hours of sleep. then an hour feeding. then another block from 7 to 11AMish. So he tanks up in the afternoon, to be able to have that nice block of sleep. He will feed for a 45 minute block or longer, usually on one breast, then we wait for about 30 minutes, and then feed for another 45 minute block or longer on the other breast - and we do this for several hours. The breast continuously produces milk so for me, there is enough.

I also know several working women who wear a special shirt in the car, and pump all the way to work and all the way home, this helps keep up their supply. (+ pump 3 times during working hours).

Here's a website: www.lowmilksupply.org

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