Re: EP When can I drop all or some night pumps?
Usually when a baby starts sleeping through, what happens is that mom's supply adjusts so that she makes more milk during the day and less at night. This is in large part a function of demand: by demanding more milk during the day the baby trains the mom's body to make more during those hours.
Since you're EPing, if you drop the nighttime pump sessions you would probably want to mimic a nursing baby's pattern with your pump by pumping more frequently during the day. Which is hard to do- it's not like you're suddenly going to have more hours in your day!
If you decide to phase out the nighttime pumping, here's what I would watch out for:
- At first, I am sure you will get a lot of milk in the mornings after going all night without pumping. But as time goes on, you may see the amount of morning output decrease pretty significantly, because supply drops a bit every time milk sits in the breast for a long time. If this means that you're suddenly falling behind in total milk output, it's time to either start pumping again during the night or add more sessions during the day.
- Once you're going 6 or more hours without nursing or pumping, there's an increased chance that your menstrual cycle will return. This can be a problem because many moms notice a decrease in supply around the time of their period.
If you do choose to phase out the nighttime pumping and you do see a supply drop, I personally wouldn't consider that to be the end of the road for you as far as breastfeeding is concerned. Lots of moms do some combination feeding at some point, and also at 6 months your baby is likely to start cutting back on his demand for breastmilk as his solid food intake takes off.
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