DURING THE DAY, BREASTFEEDING AT NIGHT
I have been breastfeeding, I started back to work this week, I
am giving formula during the day and breastfeeding at night. How
much benefit is my baby losing?
Your baby will continue to get the benefits of breastfeeding for
as long as he nurses. Any amount of breastmilk is beneficial,
and your baby will continue to receive the immunological advantages
of your milk even if he is getting formula too.
that I would have is whether you are going to be able to maintain
your supply if you are only nursing at night. Unless your baby
nurses often during the night, then your supply is likely to drop
significantly unless you pump at least once or twice during the
day. Breastmilk production is based on supply and demand, so if
you go from emptying your breasts every few hours to only emptying
them a few times a day, you can expect your supply to drop. Some
babies are willing to continue nursing even after your supply
goes down, but others will get frustrated and start refusing to
go on the breast at all. The older your baby is when you return
to work, the easier it is to manage without pumping during the
day. A six month old who is eating solids and going long stretches
between nursing sessions is more likely to adapt to a part-time
nursing arrangement than a six week old who is used to nursing
many times a day and whose diet consists totally of breastmilk.
I think that
it is great that you want to continue nursing after returning
to work, but it can be challenging, especially if you are unable
to pump while you are separated from your baby. I hope that everything
works out well for you, and wish you all the best.
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