Pumping at night

Nicole - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if I stopped pumping at night if it would effect my milk supply. My son is almost five months old and has been sleeping through the night since he was six weeks old, but I get up in the middle of the night to pump. Its getting very exausting, but don't want to stop if it will effect my supply. Please help, I need more sleep!!

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Lise - posted on 12/26/2009

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Wean yourself off the night pump - don't just stop cold turkey (unless you are barely getting anything out). Otherwise you may get a clogged duct or mastitis.

Stina - posted on 12/26/2009

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Get some sleep. :-) If he's sleeping through the night, you can sleep through the night. Your milk will become less during those hours that your son is sleeping... but it won't make your daytime supply go away.

Funny story: When my 5yo son was born, he spent the first month in the hospital and I brought home a pump to use. In the beginning they told me to pump every 3-4 hours around the clock and religiously I woke up and washed my hands and hooked up to that pump to fill the little bottles to take back to my son in the hospital. My let down was actually triggered by handwashing. My milk came in quickly and in great quantity. I was getting 8 oz (250 ml) per session when my son was only a few weeks old and he was still getting the medical coctail through IV. I asked the nurses if I could sleep longer at night- 'no no, you need to pump around the clock so your milk supply stays up.' timid first time mom, I didn't argue- just kept pumping. A few days later I asked again and told them how much I was getting per session. shocked they told me I could get some sleep. That I was producing enough to feed a small village of newborns. And not to tell any of the other moms.

Kimberly - posted on 12/26/2009

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you dont need to pump at night you will still make as much as he needs in the day

Erin - posted on 12/26/2009

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Absolutely NOT! Go ahead and stop pumping in the middle of the night...you NEED sleep! The only thing that it will effect is the middle of the night feeding. If you stop pumping around that time, your body will know you don't need it anymore. As long as you are feeding/pumping during the times you actually need it, you should be ok. You may be uncomfortable for a few days, but your body will adjust eventually. :-) Happy Sleeping!!

Erin - posted on 12/26/2009

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I stopped pumping at night around four months, even though I would have to hand-eject a little to relieve pressure. Never affected my supply, and at almost seven months we are still happily breastfeeding. Get some sleep!!

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