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    Default Will I lose supply????

    A little background first: My DS is 4 weeks, we have had a lot of problems with him from the start. He naturally cluster fed from birth but went a little longer and fed almost hourly at the longest 2 hours for 1.5 weeks. This ended in an oversupply of my milk and bub getting mainly foremilk at every feed and making him want to feed more as it is low in fat. He had severe pain, gas, diarrhea and screamed easily for 15+ hours a day. We ended up seeing a LC, osteopath, went to emergency and also had contact with ABA, the overall opinion was he is Lactose sensitive and to move onto lactose free milk and give up BF because he can't tolerate it I really want to BF so came up with a temporary plan to give him baby-biotics to help with the intolerance and to feed lactose free milk at night when he is in most pain. This has been happening for a week now and finally his tummy is starting to settle. Now you have the background my question is:
    Because he is only 4 weeks old and as I am not feeding at night am I at risk of losing my supply? He BF around every 2-3 hours during the day and has around 4-5 bottles at night.
    Has anyone BF during the day and FF at night and had issues or no issues with supply? TIA

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    Umm my 4 week old slept through the night 12 hours straight . no supply issues
    now she's 9 mths she wakes up a lot :yesV

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    It's entirely possible that it will interrupt your supply...

    Having said that, my DS slept through 12 hours each night, starting at 4 weeks, and could NOT be woken. I tried just sticking the boob in even though he was sleeping, and those newborn jaws can be stubborn! I expressed for the first week, but in the end, getting up in the middle of the night when *he* wasn't felt like a colossal waste of such a good sleeper.

    It didn't affect my supply at all until 4 months old (evidently though, after the same thing happened with my 2nd even though she fed every 2 hours for the first 2-3months, it's my stupid boobs).

    There are some very knowledgable hubbers, hope some help comes by your thread.

    In the end, though, go with your instinct, and completely ignore any advice that doesn't sit well with you

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    Thanks for your replies. Ummm where do I find one of these babies that sleep through at 4 weeks?? I would love just 2-3 hours straight

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    Rather than substituting another milk and dropping very important night feeds, I would limit feeding to one breast per feed to balance the foremilk/hindmilk. Is bubs gulping at your let down? I would perhaps pump off a little at the start before attaching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opinionated View Post
    Rather than substituting another milk and dropping very important night feeds, I would limit feeding to one breast per side to balance the foremilk/hindmilk. Is bubs gulping at your let down? I would perhaps pump off a little at the start before attaching.
    I agree,have you tried block feeding? Sticking to offering one breast for 3 hours then the other breast for the next 3 hours?

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    Yes this is exactly what I had been doing and he was still in a lot of pain which is why they have suggested the last resort if giving up and feeding lactose free formula but I'm refusing and hoping by around 6 weeks his stomach will not be so sensitive. I express of around 20-30mls of foremilk before the day feeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opinionated View Post
    Rather than substituting another milk and dropping very important night feeds, I would limit feeding to one breast per feed to balance the foremilk/hindmilk. Is bubs gulping at your let down? I would perhaps pump off a little at the start before attaching.
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    I agree,have you tried block feeding? Sticking to offering one breast for 3 hours then the other breast for the next 3 hours?
    I was going to say the same thing. Also, do you drink a lot of milk/dairy yourself? I had very similar issues with DS and as soon as I stopped having my huge glasses of milo (oh how I miss them!!!!!) it seemed to change for the better. Everyone is different though, this may be irrelevant and have no effect for you.

    Try not to express too much foremilk before each feed as this will not help your supply to settle down.

    If it was me, I would perserve and just take it day by day. It doesn't sound like you're having a fun time and it will pass soon and you can both have some relief!!

    Last thing, I'm sure you've tried it already but "Infant's Friend" was my dear dear friend when DS was a newbie! Fabulous stuff and you just buy it from the chemist. It can be given from birth.

    Good luck and keep us updated! Congrats on your baby boy

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    I think that the lactose free formula might do more harm than good and its my understanding from the OP that you have an oversupply issue rather than true lactose intolerance.

    I too had oversupply and would do block feeding (4-6hrs a side) till bub was 7/8mths old when it finally settled down.

    I've included a link from the ABA about it
    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/lactose.html

    While the baby has symptoms of lactose intolerance, it is sometimes suggested that the mother alternate breastfeeding the baby with feeds of lactose-free artificial baby milk or even take the baby off the breast. Authorities only recommend the use of lactose-free artificial baby milk if the baby is artificially-fed and is very malnourished and/or losing weight. However, human milk remains the best food and will assist with gut healing. In addition, sensitivity of the baby to foreign protein (cow or soy) should be considered before introduction of any artificial baby milk, as regular types, including lactose-free ones, may make this problem worse.

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    I think you're confusing lactose OVERLOAD with lactose intolerance. Sounds like block feeding would sort this problem out. Lactose overload is a vicious cycle and your description sounds exactly like it, totally fixable and no need to introduce bottles of formula.

    I breastfed DS for 4 years and am still breastfeeding DD, and had a bit of lactose overload in the beginning with both of them (though worse with DS because I was a first time mum and fairly clueless).

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