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    Default Using expressed milk more than the boob

    Hi all,
    My son is a guzzler, and sucks down heaps of air, gets upset, latches on like a machine (not necessarily well though) and so has struggled with gas, fatigue etc. I also have one very sore boob.
    I feel guilty as I've found that all of these problems are solved by feeding him expressed milk. He gets a good amount, doesn't get upset, burps and settles well.
    I'm aware of the issue that he may reject the boob, so I don't do it every feed. So far it's working really well but I feel guilty! Am I over thinking it or really taking the slack option....

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    I don't think it's slack at all, on the contrary, it's hard work! I would just be concerned in doing this in the long term because of supply issues.

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    Your doing what you need to feed your Bub. Definitely not Slack. I hand expressed from both boobs every feed for over a month. It took time to get the hang of but it is what had to be done.
    Don't worry too much about supply. As long as your draining both boobs your supply will keep up.
    Your doing a great job.

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    The opposite of slack. Expressing is so much more work. Good on you for finding a solution And persevering.

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    Thanks for the support. I really wasn't sure what the reaction would be. It is more work for me in terms of preparation, but I'd prefer to express when he's sleeping than worry about a screaming, colicky baby at 3:00am.
    I also suffer from migraines and the benefit of expressed milk is that I can manage it so he doesn't get any of my medication

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    You aren't the only one. I bf during the day, but express as well throughout the day so I can feed 2 EBM bottles overnight. I find it takes my 5 week old son ages to complete a decent feed at the breast at night - which was just not working for me at 3am! He often falls asleep before he's full, meaning he's awake an hour later (= very tired mummy). With a decent quantity of EBM (80-90 mls) we can get 3-4 hr stretches of sleep. It also means his Dad can do an early morning feed, or give me a night off.

    I have no supply issues (expressing 100 mls+ per pumping) so this combination is working fine. Haven't resorted to formula yet - this has allowed me to keep bfing.

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    I was doing this with DS1 please try giving block feeding a go it really helped when it started happening with DS2. Expressing ft is really hard work

    Block feeding involves offering the same breast for 3 hours than the next breast for 3 hours, just keep offering the same one during those time frames. It really helped settle my supply and he stopped gulping and spluttering and suffering colic.


 

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