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Thread: Longer sleep periods...pumping?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Default Longer sleep periods...pumping?

    As my baby starts sleeping longer periods at nighttime, should I still get up and pump in order to keep up supply?

    Also, how often should 3 month olds be eating per 24 hours? Still 8-12??
    Stephanie (23) Married to Troy (22) since August 2003
    Just welcomed our first baby into the world
    Our son, Caden Wesley born 10-10-07 at 1:00 AM via emergency c-section
    8 lbs 15 oz 19 1/2 in


    10-13---8 lbs 3 oz
    10-16---8 lbs 12 oz 20 3/4 in
    10-26---9 lbs 8 oz 21 1/2 in
    12-14---12 lbs 15 oz 24 in
    02-12---15 lbs 12 oz 25 1/2 in
    04-15---18lbs 6 oz 27in

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Default Re: Longer sleep periods...pumping?

    i did that in the beginning and then realized it wasnt necc. Your body adjusts to your baby's needs. WHen my supply got low I would do that for a day or two, but I have not pumped/breastfed at all from about 1030 - 11 pm until about 7 am every night for the past 2-3 months

    My lo still eats ever two-three hours from 7 am til 930 pm! So she might be avg about 8 feedings and she just turned 5 months!

    -Wife to Joe 5-15-04
    -First time mom to Courtney Ann 8-12-07
    -Became a mom of 2: Brendan Joseph was born 01-08-09
    -Breastfed both of them for one whole year
    -Now a new mom of 3: Emily Theresa born 12-14-11
    -Breastfeeding again and hope to go the full year!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Default Re: Longer sleep periods...pumping?

    I agree -- your body will adjust. My LO (almost 9MO) now sleeps anywhere from 8-10 hrs. I pump once though before bed to have milk for morning cereal.

    Grab the rest while you can!!! Once they are moving around you have to chase them! Good luck,
    Proud first time Mom and wife at 40 and loving it. Made it BF to 1 year and going strong.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006

    Default Re: Longer sleep periods...pumping?

    Are you engorged? Is it painful if you don't pump?

    How is baby doing with regular weight gain? Active and alert? Is there a reason why you feel concerned about nursing frequency?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Default Re: Longer sleep periods...pumping?

    I did pump once at nite or early morning just to get 1-2oz for storage for future use once i start work. Sometime it just leak at night & I found it wasted if i don't pump. But it was very tiring for me.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007

    Default Re: Longer sleep periods...pumping?

    No need to pump, get more sleep! My lo sleeps 11-12 hrs with no food and I have plenty during the day. I haven't pumped in months!

    I could never get her to eat 8-12 times/day. Even when she was very little, t was struggle to get 7-8 times. I always worried but she is doing great. She just didn't want to eat as often. HTH!
    Mom to Abigail, born May 3rd, 2007 (self-weaned at 27 mths) and Charlotte, born Nov. 24th, 2009. Both reflux babies and EBF. Charlotte weighs 31 lbs at 26 mths.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Default Re: Longer sleep periods...pumping?

    Personally I would not bother pumping. Your body will adjust. If you wake up painfully engorged you could hand express just a bit for relief then go back to bed.

    If your baby starts to get up again at night to nurse your supply will pick back up during that time.

    Mommy to
    Logan 5-23-07
    Colby 12-14-09

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