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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2013

    Default To wake or not to wake

    My LO and I have started to nurse at night since pumping is taking its toll on my sleep!! Last night went great! But I have a question...should I wake him once he is done to burp him?

    Also, since I nursed last night I woke up super engorged....why could this be?

    Happy Mama of 4 beautiful boys ages 17, 13, 10, 3 and just welcomed the newest member of the family on 3/22/2016 OUR FIRST GIRL!! :
    Was not able to BF first 3 boys but now successfully and thriving

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    middle of IA

    Default Re: To wake or not to wake


    no need to wake him to burp.

    more nursing = more demand = more production ...
    DS1 6/7/11
    DS2 10/29/13

    Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: To wake or not to wake

    good idea to get more nursing in! Yes, no need to burp. If baby needs to burp, you will soon know anyway.

    I hope by engorged you mean very full, not rock hard?

    If you woke unusually full after one night of nursing rather than pumping, I suspect your baby did not remove as much milk as the pump usually does. Is this a problem? That I cannot say-but I would certainly give it a little more time before worrying about it.

    If you have been nursing at night for a few days, then I agree-your milk production is probably increased due to the stimulation from baby and maybe in part due to mom getting more rest/less stress overnight.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Default Re: To wake or not to wake

    mine would sometimes wake up right away fussing if I didn't burp her. I had os and oald. I ;learned to burp her in her sleep just by sitting her up a bit.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2012

    Default Re: To wake or not to wake

    I never burped my baby at night. Just placed him on my shoulder in an upright position, held for a minute or two, then carried back to his crib and layed him down. He was a terrible burper anyway; I usually couldn't get him to burp when he was wide awake. I guess it just depends on the baby. If not burping works for you, I'd go with it--no need to wake him up!

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