Sometimes infants will follow a more consistent feeding pattern throughout the day and then seem to be fussier in the evening and wanting to eat frequently. Many times mothers will think “What am I doing wrong?” or even, “I must not be making enough milk for my baby’s needs.” In reality, most likely nothing is wrong! Especially if baby is having wet and messy diapers, is vigorous at the breast, and gaining weight. This evening fussiness may be a result of baby being more tired and experiencing over-stimulation. In certain cases, it could also be due to a slower flow of milk in the evening because milk has been removed efficiently earlier in the day. This is especially true if Mom has a larger storage capacity and baby tends to sleep longer stretches at night (1). Not to worry! This explains why your baby seems to be eating more frequently in the evening — when milk is being removed as its being made, the flow is slower and the volume is less. Here are a few things to keep in mind about evening fussiness:
#1 – Baby won’t mind having many small meals instead of one large one.
#2 – Mom needs to settle into a comfortable spot and put her milk supply worries to rest.
#3 – Breast compressions/hand expressions during feeding can help maximize milk removal (video tutorials in my video breastfeeding classes).
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I hope this helps! Come let me know what you think today on instagram. Many more great tips like this in my in-person and online video breastfeeding classes. I also love helping Moms with my in-person consults in their homes, my office, and the hospital. E-consults are also available via phone or secure video chat. Arrange personal consultations via email.
Thanks for coming by today,
Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC
- Cregan, M., Mitoulas, L., Hartmann, P. (2002). Milk prolactin, feed volume and duration between feeds in women breastfeeding their full-term infants over a 24 h period. Exp Physiology, 87(2), 207-214.