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Nursing at night...
by Mitzi31
January 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I was told by a doctor (take with a grain of salt) that I can't go any longer than 6 hrs without nursing even at night because it will hurt my supply and my body won't create the hormones my breasts need. Is this true? Have anyone else heard this? He's a specialist and supposed to know what he's talking about but I know MANY people who get to sleep through the night or the child sleeps for about 10 - 12 hrs without nursing. Sometimes dd has gone all night without nursing but most of the time she goes to bed at 7pm and doesn't wake to nurse till at least 3 or 4am. That's 8/9 hrs. He said to wake her at 6 hrs to nurse but if I do that she will only go back to sleep for about 3 hours and then she's waking up at about 4am and won't go back to sleep...

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  • LoveMyCuties612
    January 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM
    No clue but it sounds fishy :/ bump for others to see
  • tigerlily75
    January 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Doctors don't know everythhing.....he sounds like he's quoting a book. If you haven't noticed your supply going down then let her sleep. I know i become engorged after 5 hrs and sometimes pump but my baby usually eats after 5/6 hrs at night but she does fall back asleep again

  • DmanMama
    January 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    i have a serious over supply and my son goes to bed at 10 to wake at 8 everynight..i would say each person would be unique in this just  because every1s hormones are that lil bit different but i dont really know more than my exieperence

  • larissalarie
    January 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM
    Lol, that's false information. It's ALWAYS supply & demand. So while it's true that if your baby regularly sleeps 10 hours straight at night and isn't nursing your body will respond by reducing supply at that time, that's because you DON'T NEED IT!! You will still make milk in quantities needed and demanded for the times baby is wanting milk. And if baby does start waking at night again, your body will respond by increasing supply at that time.
    You could nurse once a day, you could nurse 50 times a day, the body always adjusts the milk to the demand.
  • Mitzi31
    by Mitzi31
    January 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    BUMP!

  • Mitzi31
    by Mitzi31
    January 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    That's what I thought. He's also the one that put me on Kflex and like 3 other medications for thrush and while it seemed to get slightly better it wasn't gone and my supply seemed to hurt cause of it. I drink plenty of water so I know I'm not dehydrated and I'm off the meds now but I've had a hard time building supply back. I'm doing better now cause I have some steel cut oats and other stuff and it's helping but he's a prescription happy doctor. The la Leche league here where I live actually suggested him and said he was the best. He also told me that I shouldn't BF after she's a year old. EVERYTHING this guy told me is against LLL so I'm surprised they suggested him... The LLL here doesn't seem to be like how I would've expected. My first meeting was a few days ago but they seemed to be fine with using bottles, supplementing and what not. They of course were still all about bfing but they seemed to be more lax about doctors, bottles, medications and what not.

    Quoting larissalarie:

    Lol, that's false information. It's ALWAYS supply & demand. So while it's true that if your baby regularly sleeps 10 hours straight at night and isn't nursing your body will respond by reducing supply at that time, that's because you DON'T NEED IT!! You will still make milk in quantities needed and demanded for the times baby is wanting milk. And if baby does start waking at night again, your body will respond by increasing supply at that time.
    You could nurse once a day, you could nurse 50 times a day, the body always adjusts the milk to the demand.


  • luna321
    by luna321
    January 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    If you are using nursing for birth control you shouldn't go longer than 6 hours, but like others said its supply demand.

  • supercarp
    January 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    That completely depends on how old the baby is.

  • polkaspots
    January 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM
    If you were giving baby something else your supply would suffer, but you only need to make what baby needs. If baby isn't hungry, you don't need to feeding her.
  • gdiamante
    January 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM


    Quoting Mitzi31:

    I was told by a doctor (take with a grain of salt)

    Indeed, expect he's wrong.

    that I can't go any longer than 6 hrs without nursing even at night because it will hurt my supply and my body won't create the hormones my breasts need. Is this true?

    Nope. Not true AT ALL.

    Have anyone else heard this? He's a specialist and supposed to know what he's talking about but I know MANY people who get to sleep through the night or the child sleeps for about 10 - 12 hrs without nursing. Sometimes dd has gone all night without nursing but most of the time she goes to bed at 7pm and doesn't wake to nurse till at least 3 or 4am. That's 8/9 hrs. He said to wake her at 6 hrs to nurse but if I do that she will only go back to sleep for about 3 hours and then she's waking up at about 4am and won't go back to sleep...

    Like so many docs, this one doesn't know what he's talking about. Do NOT take breastfeeding or feeding advice in general from him in the future. You're perfect, don't mess with it.

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