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Breasts not hard in between feedings anymore?

I could tell which breast I needed to nurse on because of how hard it was.  I had to pump and supplement all day and night Thursday and now my breasts are completely soft and I can seem to get DS full.  What should I do?  How do you know they are getting enough or if you dont have enought milk for them??

Re: Breasts not hard in between feedings anymore?

  • You probably have plenty of milk!  Your supply is probably just regulating.  Nurse on demand and your baby will be fine.  You said yourself, he seems full!

    The biggest way to see if they're getting enough is to check their weight.  The hospital you delivered at or your pediatrician's office will let you bring baby in to be weighed anytime you want.  The second best way to see if baby is getting enough is to count wet and poopy diapers.  I can't remember what the average is for a 10 day old baby, but you can google it.

    Good luck and congrats on your new son!

  • Just keep nursing -- it's ok if they stay soft, but nursing on demand will boost your supply if it needs boosting. If you can, avoid supplementing because the more you nurse the more milk your body will make. Weight gain is the best way to tell, but as long as you're nursing on demand and your baby seems content after feedings, you should be good.

    At that age,  my daughter often wanted to nurse every hour. They have little tiny tummies, so they can't hold too much at a time.

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  • from my breastfeeding paperwork from the hospital:

     "at 1 week to 1 month  =  breasts return to soft state at about 10-14 days postpartum; may interpret this normal event as meaning the milk has 'dried up'.  Multiple wet diapers per day, frequent, formless, yellow stools, growth spurt common at 10-14 days and at 1 month."

    hope that helps, it helped me feel better when this happened.

    GL!

  • mine still get hard inbtwn feedings. Once I woke up with one hard an one soft and my supply was starting to tank, so the LC said to pump for 10 mins after nursing on that side . I did this 2 times,  and my supply when back up. IF DC doesnt seem satisfied, try that and it will work most likely. Also nurse on demand and only supplement if needed after nursing. GL
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  • It is absolutely normal for them to be soft between feedings.  It means your supply has regulated to meet your baby's needs.
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