I've posted before on this but some things have changed since I last asked about pumping in the middle of the night.
My baby girl is almost 5 months old. I (almost) exclusively breastfeed. I work so I can't nurse during the day, but anytime I am off of work, I nurse every time.
She eats at 5:30isham(BF), 9am(BF or bottle of breastmilk), 12:45pm(BF or bottle of breastmilk), 4:30pm(BF), and 7:45pm(BF then a small bottle with cereal). Also, I set my alarm and wake up every morning at 1am to pump, just to get some extra milk and to not be so engorged by the time she eats at 5:30. When they are so full at that time, she used to spit up a LOT so I started pumping at 1. It helped our stash SO much and still helps me keep up with what she eats while I am at work. She has 2- 6 oz bottles while I am gone.
Since I've been back at work I pump at 9am(when she should be eating) and then again at 12 (as close to her eating time as I can get it) and then I BF her when I get home at 4:30. During my 2 pumping sessions at work I normally get 6 oz combined between the 2 times and that only makes up for one of the bottles that she gets. So this is where the 1am pump comes in handy. I normally get 6 or 7 oz when I pump at 1am so that makes up for the other 6 oz bottle.
I know I am VERY lucky to not have to wake up multiple times a night to nurse or for whatever reason, but 5 months of broken up sleep (when it doesn't "have" to be) is starting to wear on me. I don't exactly even know what I am asking-- encouragement, tips on how to stop the 1am pump but still keep up with the milk that we use, different feeding amounts, something...I just don't know.
Anything would be helpful.