Mums ask about weaning and milk supply Monthly breastfeeding café

We hosted our monthly breastfeeding café last Wednesday evening –as ever it generated some great talking points and a number of important questions were asked. A fantastic selection of questions were asked ranging from milk supply, weaning, and Re lactating... All very interesting, but here is our pick:
Mums ask about weaning and milk supply Monthly breastfeeding café

Hello,

I'm planning on going back to work in January (little one will be 8 months) and really want to continue breastfeeding. I'm going to be doing three days on, 4 days off so I'm not sure how
A) my body will know to continue supply

B) will I be uncomfortable because I'm enforced
C) will I dry up?
D) Would I be able to perhaps feed at night and on the morning indefinitely?

Answer:

You have nearly 8 weeks before you go back to work and you are starting on weaning now. Ideally the way you manage the feeds will be try and feed lo before you leave in the morning, (7am ish) then about 3-5 (10-12 ish) hrs later you may find that this is the time that you would feed her if you were on a day off so express whilst at work and then maybe an afternoon pumping and then a feed when you get home. This would mirror what you did on your days off. If you feel fuller you may need to express whilst at work but you may find that you don’t need to express at all at work and that she and you still are able to support your milk supply with feeding when you are home. Some mums can sustain 2-4 feeds without any knock on their milk supply – it’s a case of bein

g flexible and seeing how things will plan out in mid December. Start introducing a feeding cup/ bottle so that if she wants milk whilst you are at work then this is something that is already established. Sioned x

Hello:

I'm EBF and have a spa day booked. I'm just wondering how much milk I need to express and leave for my husband to feed him? He's 6 weeks and currently weighs just 13lb 12oz x thanks very much

Answer:

What a lovely treat. You are probably looking at having a milk store of approx. 2-3 oz per feed that you are away from him. You need to see if he will take milk from the Calma bottle too so that you know that he will feed for dad. If you are going say from 10-5 pm feed him before you go, then plan for frequent feeds 2-3 hourly – offer 2 oz at each feed and then you can add an ounce at a time rather than him wasting it and throwing it down the sink. You will need to make sure that you also take a breast pump with you so that you can express once or twice whilst you are at the spa so that you don’t get full and uncomfortable. Also chat with your therapists as you will need to make sure that you have plenty to drink and also to be careful with the aromatherapy oils you use especially if you are having a shoulder massage so that it doesn’t mask the unique mummy smell that your baby recognises. Sioned x

Hello:

Tips for getting a wide mouth after bottle feeding (ebm) for 6 out of 12 weeks?

Answer:

You need to go back to basics and start to stimulate the rooting reflex. Also you need to look at how you support and position your baby so that he can tilt his head back a little so that he can drop his chin and open his mouth wide. Rebecca Glover has a great u tube clip on how to support your baby to do this. Lots of positive mouth stimulation with your finger and nipple, and by placing drops of milk onto his lips he will start licking and exploring. Have a look at the clip and by positioning your hands and supporting your baby you can help him to tilt his head and open his mouth wider. Sioned x

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