Sioned, Sleeping and Milk Supply... This week’s breastfeeding cafe!

Last night we hosted our monthly breastfeeding cafe where our lovely mums asked some important and interesting questions (all accompanied with some tea and biscuits of course!!). Some of the fab topics included milk supply, sleep patterns and returning to work… All great for our mums to see and learn…Here is our pick:

 

Question:

I'm back to work in a month and my baby will be 8.5 months. He currently feeds 5-6 times over 24 hours. I want to continue, but only when I'm not in work (am/night and 4 days off). I'm unable to pump at work due to the nature of the job. Will I be able to feed on demand on days off and him have formula when he's away from me? or will water in the day when I'm at work be okay?

Answer:

Hi Jennifer, some mums when they go back to work find that their supply and feeding pattern adjust so feed when mum is home, yet other mums find that their babies down regulate the supply because they don’t feed. Unfortunately its just a case of see and try. if you talk with your employer before you go back to work and say that you are a breastfeeding mum and you can discuss options for breaks to see if you can feed or express. If he has formula instead of a feed you may find that because the milk isn’t being taken off your milk may down regulate. See if exclusively feeding him on your days together and as soon as you are home has an impact upon your breast comfort and supply. If you feel full you may need to hand express a little to ease the fullness. Giving water in the day will be fine. Just see how it goes. Sioned

 

Question:

Hi there , my lo is now 24 weeks and exclusively bf and still feeding every 2 hours more or less day and night, he doesn't sleep much through the day and is very unsettled through the night from 12 onwards feeding 3-4 times, I'm absolutely shattered and wondering why he doesn't sleep? He usually goes to bed well between 6.30-7 pm and can last til 10.30 -11.30, but them wakes like I say every 2 hours, he's a big boy at 16 1.5 lb which is double his birth weight of 7 14lb, Amy advice on how to get him to sleep more would be gratefully taken from a very tired mummy of 2 xx

Answer:

Hi Jayne, you have done an amazing job and now that he is near to 6 months of age the next stage is weaning. This is where I would start to see if it starts to change. Some babies breastfeed often day and night is a combination of mum having a moderate storage capacity and baby needs to feed frequently and also small tummy size of lo. Start exploring baby-led weaning , sometimes weaning may help but for some mums their babies are night owls and you just have to look after yourself to cope with the nights some sleep experts will encourage sleep training and controlled crying but it goes against the grain with responsive breastfeeding to your baby’s need. Get dad to help as much as you can. Sioned. x

 

Question:

Only way my son sleeps is by nursing. Sometimes difficult when I'm out. Any other way to put him to sleep?

Answer:

Hi Ruksana, some babies self -settle but other find security with mum settling them. Try by placing him in the pram and going for a walk immediately after feeds so change nappy before feeding or half way through etc then just walk – it just gives a different sleep experience. See if he likes white noise so don’t be scared of putting him in his cot/ pram in kitchen etc. it’s a case of trying different things. He feels safe and sleep is a stage of sleep states with light rem sleep, deep sleep, awake, drowsy so you may just be catching him in the light sleep state and he wakes. Hope this helps. Sioned