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#1 of 7 Old 03-19-2011, 08:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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(X-posted under "Breastfeeding")

 

Hi Everyone!

 

DD is 7 weeks tomorrow and we're thrilled that, for a while now, she's been sleeping 5-7 hours at a time overnight! However, as my milk supply increases, I'm getting really engorged by the time of our overnight feeding. I'm having to pump for a few minutes before nursing her, otherwise she gets too much and ends up vomiting. I get anywhere from 1-3 ounces in just 3 minutes(!), and it's all foremilk.

 

So here's my question: if you were me, would you pump and dump, or put this foremilk into the mix for bottle feedings?

 

I pump one additional time each day (before I go to bed, to try and keep from getting even more engorged overnight), so I do have some regular milk with both foremilk and hindmilk in the fridge at all times. I'm just not sure if it's a good idea to dilute it with extra foremilk from the overnight pumping.

 

What do you think?

 

Thanks in advance for your opinions!!


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It would kill me personally to throw out breastmilk that is usable.  I would freeze it or use it.  And just an FYI, pumping will help increase your supply...are you trying to descrease your supply?

 


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ITA with finnegansmom- pumping is going to increase your supply. I wouldn't pump that much. Just pump or express as much as you need so you won't be in pain and only when totally necessary. Your body will adjust to your baby's needs.


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Thanks for your input, ladies!

 

I'm pumping for bottle feedings when I'm away from the baby. My milk supply is fine, and I only get engorged when DD sleeps 6 or 7 hours at night. At that point, if I don't pump, she gets way too much milk too quickly and ends up vomiting after the feeding. We've found the way that works, I just worry that adding that foremilk to the pumped milk mix lowers the fat content of her bottle feedings too much. But maybe I'm just being overly cautious...


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I would probably just dump it. I had/have the same problem when baby goes from 6 hrs to a random 9 every once in a while.


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I'd save it. You can mix it in with the other milk for feedings (you know, maybe 1/8 or 1/4 of what you're putting in the bottle) OR you could save it until she's older and will do a lot better with the extra foremilk. But I really wouldn't worry. If she gets a little less hindmilk than she needs from the bottle feedings then she'll just amp it up the next time she nurses so she can get more hindmilk. Babies and boobs are pretty awesome like that. winky.gif


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Thanks for your responses, everyone. My supply has pretty much evened out, so I'm only pumping out that foremilk occasionally, and she does seem to tolerate some extra foremilk mixed in. smile.gif


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