Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
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The background: I am exclusively bf'ing and the boys are gaining well, 'output' is good I think (although it all blurs together in my mind and I'm never sure who has peed when). They nurse quite frequently while awake, lots of cluster feeding. Definately more than Mason did at this age from what i remember. I introduced soothers last week and we use them to help them sleep sometimes and after they are done nursing sometimes if they still want to suck and I need to do something else. We also use them in the car sometimes.
I do not get engorged although I feel a bit more full if they are having a long nap at the same time (say, 3 hours). I don't leak much either, not even using breastpads these days (with Mason I used them until 9 months and was engorged quickly). They get the letdowns they are looking for, although they have to really work at it after the first or second one in a session or if they have been cluster feeding for a little while. By working at it I mean that they are bobbing on and off, pressing on the breast, latching and relatching, getting frustrated, until they can get one out. This has been going on for at least three weeks.
I feel confident that right now they are getting enough milk and they seem to be thriving. They are so big already at only 7 weeks. I haven't weighed them, but I would guess they are 11 or 12 lbs already. So, I know I shouldn't be too concerned.
The question: I am wondering if as they grow bigger my supply will no longer be able to keep up? Right now I have just enough it seems and it takes them a fair bit of effort to get what they need for the day. Should I be taking steps to increase supply such as herbal suppliments or the like? Dunno, perhaps I'm just being paranoid but it just feels like a whole different ballgame with two babies. With Mason I never worried since I had oversupply for a long while. I didn't really regulate until well into the first year and my steady supply didn't dwindle until he was 3.5 years old. Such a different situation!
I guess I'm worried that someday soon I won't be able to keep up to their needs. I can't believe I'm even typing that . . . I know that nursing is a supply and demand game and they will work to increase my supply. That said, what if they work at it and my supply doesn't increase enough?
TIA for any thoughts or advice!!
mama to big brother Mason (Jan '05) and the littles, Adam and Holden (May '10)