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supply out of sink with demand? Is that even possible?

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So I'm new to the bf boards here so excuse me if I get the lingo wrong

This is my third time breastfeeding, but I'm totally confused. I have a circadian rhythem disorder called Delayed sleep-phase syndrome (DSPS) that pushes back my hormone, sleep and body heat cycles by several hours. Partially due to this I stay up until about 4 AM and sleep until noon (DH and I both work from home so we both get enough sleep). I nurse on one side only at each was what worked best the first two times so I just started doing it this time.

Newbie baby is almost 3 weeks old and nurses about every two hours during the day. While I'm sleeping I SOAK the bed, but when I get up he continues to nurse every 2 hours and drains me dry (no leaking between feeds). Towards evening (maybe starting at 10pm) he starts reducing the time between feeds until he is just constantly he'll go an hour and a half, then half an hour, then constant switching. During this time I feel TOTALLY empty on both sides and he is constantly upset.

Around 2am he falls asleep for the night, and may get up at 4 or may go longer, like 6 am (when DH transfers him from the cosleeper for me since I'm sleeping). I usually have to feed from both boobs at this feeding and still feel empty. DH brings him to me almost every two hours like clockwork after that, and AGAIN I am sloshing in giant milk puddles each time I roll over while constantly rotating my blanket to get away from the wet part. This whole cycle repeats daily.

What the heck is going on? Is the cluster nursing he does at night draining me, or is he cluster nursing because my supply is lower at that time and he's not getting enough from the one boob? Shouldn't things have regulated a bit at this point? I feel like I don't have enough in the evenings and I have WAY too much in the mornings (when I am sleeping, if that makes sense). Is this related to the wonky sleep schedule? Things were so totally chaotic life-wise with the first two that I don't remember this being an issue (we had NO schedule and my sleep was heavily regulated with medications back then). Any suggestions?
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Well I think most moms have more milk in the morning & less at night... so I don't think that's abnormal, it may just be exacerbated or more noticeable because of your sleep pattern. And I don't think your supply would be totally regulated at 3w pp... I think my supply didn't really start to regulate until 6-8 weeks. For the first 4-5 months I always woke up in puddles and then it slowly improved. So I'm not really sure what to suggest but I don't think it's necessarily a problem or "out of sync" issue!
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Meant to add that in the early weeks & months, I would sleep with a nursing bra & put a folded burp cloth (the gerber cloth diaper ones) in the shelf & that helped a lot to contain the massive leakage!!
You may just need more time, before things start to even out. I think that three weeks is still very early. Six weeks seems to be a common time for mamas to mention that the supply-and-demand thing had finally caught up with itself, but I've also met mamas who had oversupply issues as long as four months.

I think that if you give it more time, you may see a big improvement in a few weeks. Good luck, and congratulations on your new family member!
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He may be having a growth spurt and trying to up your supply at night.
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