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How to Avoid a Breastfeeding Drop in Supply?

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Want to learn how to avoid a breastfeeding drop in supply? Reverse cycling and cosleeping can help many working working moms keep breastfeeding.

reverse cyclingAlthough all working mothers want to avoid a drop in supply, no other nursing mom had suggested it to me. In fact, hearing of reverse cycling was like an “Ah ha!” moment. It made so much sense.

Reverse Cycling is basically this: You adjust your baby’s schedule so he actually eats more at night than in the daytime.

Sound crazy? You ask “Why on earth would I want that?”

This actually works amazingly well for a lot of working mothers. Why? Because the more your baby eats when you are home and together, the less he’ll need when you are at work. This means less pumping and more actual breastfeeding. For mommies who work in places where they are really having a hard time pumping…this can be quite a blessing.

It may not be for everyone, but avoiding a breastfeeding drop in supply this way is not as bad as it sounds. In order to make it work you need to:

** make sure your baby gets enough to eat

** make sure you still get enough sleep.

How do you do that?

There is a secret here. You need to sleep near your baby.

Although it seems backwards…by sleeping near each other, you and your baby get into similar sleep cycles. If you put your baby in a separate room, she wakes up on her sleep cycles, you on yours, and there’s no coordination. That means that she might be waking up when you’re in your deepest sleep (when it’s a lot harder to wake up and harder to fall back into a sound sleep). So you are actually more rested by cosleeping than you might think.

Is this co-sleeping safe?

Favorite cosleeperMany breastfeeding mommies worry that sleeping in the same bed with their babies might be unsafe or downright dangerous. You might be surprised to know that scientific research claims that the opposite is true. For sober breastfeeding mothers who co-sleep with their sweeties, SIDS rates are amazingly low and babies are actually much healthier.

If you are interested in co-sleeping, we recommend the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper. It attaches securely to an adult mattress so you can nurse, cuddle, and change your infant’s diapers without getting up and interrupting your sleep! For more information, it is available at Amazon.

There are also some less expensive alternatives called sleeping nests.  While these may cost less money, most pediatricians we talked to would prefer the cosleeper if you can afford one.


 


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