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How many feedings can I skip without making my milk supply dry out?
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 1, 2
Not many. Your milk supply is determined by a simple demand and frequency of stimulation practice.
If you skip feedings without pumping this signals to your body less demand, therefore less milk is made. Try to pump every 4 hours when you are away from your baby. See the CDC website for breast milk storage guidelines.

In brief: 1, 2
Not many. Your milk supply is determined by a simple demand and frequency of stimulation practice.
If you skip feedings without pumping this signals to your body less demand, therefore less milk is made. Try to pump every 4 hours when you are away from your baby. See the CDC website for breast milk storage guidelines.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: 1
Breast feeding is based on a simple premise, demand and production.
If you skip feeds your milk production will decrease.Also remember that a growing infant will require more volume of milk as he or she grows, for example, a 2 month old infant commonly will take up to 32 ounces of milk per day. Babies will typically, double thieir birth weight by 4 months of age and triple it by a year of age.

In brief: 1
Breast feeding is based on a simple premise, demand and production.
If you skip feeds your milk production will decrease.Also remember that a growing infant will require more volume of milk as he or she grows, for example, a 2 month old infant commonly will take up to 32 ounces of milk per day. Babies will typically, double thieir birth weight by 4 months of age and triple it by a year of age.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: 1
Skipping more than one feeding will likely cause engorged breasts and back-pressure in the milk glands, which can decrease milk production.
Pumping the breasts at the time of the "skipped feeding" can empty the breasts and maintain milk production.

In brief: 1
Skipping more than one feeding will likely cause engorged breasts and back-pressure in the milk glands, which can decrease milk production.
Pumping the breasts at the time of the "skipped feeding" can empty the breasts and maintain milk production.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Syed Masood
Pediatrics
In brief: 0-1
I think you will have to pump and feed regularly to get to keep your brain signals and your milk supply going.

In brief: 0-1
I think you will have to pump and feed regularly to get to keep your brain signals and your milk supply going.
Dr. Syed Masood
Dr. Syed Masood
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