Do Breasts Need Time to Fill Between Feeds?

Do Breasts Need Time to Fill Between Feeds?


Do Breasts Need Time to Fill Between Feeds?

The answer is a solid “no”; you do not need to give your breasts time to fill between feeds. A mother’s breasts are really never truly empty. Your breasts may feel soft and like there is nothing left, but milk is actually produced while your baby feeds.  Waiting for breasts to “fill up” can in fact decrease milk supply.


Breasts do have some storage capacity. If it has been a few hours since your baby last fed, your breasts may become heavy or even uncomfortable. The pressure of milk in the ducts signals your body to cut back on breast milk production.


The best way to have a great milk supply is to frequently remove milk by feeding often. Allow your baby to feed whenever he is interested.


Babies can go through growth spurts (you read about them here), leaving their mothers feeling like they are doing nothing but feeding. The best way to increase milk supply is to nurse as often as baby wishes. The frequent feeding alerts your body to make more milk, thus accommodating baby’s growth.


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Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.


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