Re: Dropping early a.m. feed
I'm a SAHM, so I can't comment on the working mom's perspective. But I can say that the conservative opinion is almost surely the right one: most babies need at least 8 feedings per day while they remain exclusively breastfed. That's what the AAP say, not just me! If you did drop that nighttime feeding, you'd probably need to replace it with a daytime/work-time feeding. And dropping the night feeding could cause you to have more problems pumping during the day- if you're currently able to get away with 3 pump sessions, you might need to add in a couple sessions to make up for the missed demand at night. And I'm not just making that up to be mean- a lot of working moms find that their pump output slumps around the time their babies go all night without nursing, or around the time their fertility returns, something which is likely to happen when a baby doesn't nurse at night.
Sorry to be a downer!
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