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    Default How long do I wake to nurse before work?

    I am currently nursing and pumping for 5 month old twins. I wake them up at 6am M-F to nurse them before leaving for work. On weekends I feed them when they wake up (older one can sleep until after 8am and I have to wake her because I am so full, younger one varies waking from 5am-8am).
    Should I continue to wake them and nurse them? Or should I let them sleep and pump instead? I do not produce as much with a pump but I don't want to cause them to wake at 6am habit.
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: How long do I wake to nurse before w

    do they stay home when you go to work or do you drive them to a caregiver? who cares for them? do they nurse often? i lean toward nursing if they take bottles.

    i drive my son to daycare so i make sure we nurse before we leave, then i pump in the car right after.

    occasionally i leave very early and dh takes him, on those days i dont wake him to nurse but my breast never empty as well so i was just thinking yesterday (i went in early) that i should wake him.

    its debatable. do they go back to sleep after you nurse? maybe just try to nurse them then pump in the car. thats my plan

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    Default Re: How long do I wake to nurse before w

    If you don't wake them to nurse them, you might have to add a pump session, so as much as I believe you shouldn't wake sleeping babies, I make an exception when it requires me to pump more! So I say keep waking them. Their schedule is likely to change over the next seven months so you can continue to play it by ear.


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    Default Re: How long do I wake to nurse before w

    I nurse them and they go back to sleep, sometimes until 11am! Guess that qualifies as their morning nap
    Daddy is home with all 3 kids and they get bottles while I am at work.
    I do agree that pumping doesn't empty my breast as much but I don't want to start the habit of waking early. I guess since they are able to go back to sleep I will continue to do it. Thanks!

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    Default Re: How long do I wake to nurse before w

    I used to wake my dd up at 530 to nurse...she ALWAYS went back to sleep. I'd probably keep nursing instead of pumping but thats because I hate pumping.
    Proud mom of 2:
    DD 5/2008 nursed for 3 years and 3 months.
    DS born 8/2011 nursing like a champ

    Sorry for the short responses...always, always, always NAK or holding a baby

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    Default Re: How long do I wake to nurse before w

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*toddlerandtwins View Post
    I don't want to start the habit of waking early. I guess since they are able to go back to sleep I will continue to do it. Thanks!
    You're lucky they sleep so well! But yes, I "dream feed" my baby in the early hours of the morning, and neither of us properly gets up. I would try to keep these sessions as snuggly and snoozy as possible.


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    Default Re: How long do I wake to nurse before w

    Snuggly sounds great but it's awfully hard because I always simultaneously nurse them. I wake one, change her, put her on the bed, then wake the other, change her, and climb into bed with my pillow and hook them on. i do keep the room dark and don't talk or watch tv.
    And yes - lucky they sleep. I would not be sane if they woke overnight. I have been back to work since 12 weeks and they started STTN at 10 weeks (like they knew), we are very lucky.

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