Recently I have started bringing the baby to bed with us around 3 am. She nurses and falls asleep and about an hour later wakes up and does the same on the other side. Since starting this, I have noticed an increase (just an ounce or so) in my supply. Do you think by having her latched longer and more frequently in those early morning hours its increasing my supply?
Also - Please dont turn this thread into a bed sharing debate. I know many think there are safety risks, but we are comfortable with it right now.
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
You bring your baby to bed with you?! Awesome! HAHA. I always end up with our LO in her bed (mattress on floor). Hurrmmm.. Not sure about the increase in milk, but! MAybe? When LO was 2.5 months old we went out of town and I had her in bed with me pretty much all day long. She ate and slept the entire day. I definitely saw an increase back then. This was what triggered her bottle rejection..
blogger / pomelo / 5400 posts
I'm sure that's probably it ... supply and demand!
kiwi / 678 posts
Yup! If she's eating more, it will probably increase your supply.
My only warning would be to make sure you detach her once she's fallen asleep. Letting a baby sleep with a nipple in their mouth can be bad for his/her teeth, whether it's a bottle or a boob.
pomegranate / 3008 posts
I've heard it makes a difference so I would say yes, that is the reason.
cherry / 161 posts
Yup, this happened to me! I started cosleeping with DS1 when he nursed three times a night, and I just kinda kept my boob out for him to nurse whenever he wanted. He ended up nursing about six times a night, and my supply definitely increased.