Sleeping through the night, should I still get up to pump?

Melodie - posted on 06/03/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 12 week old is sleeping through the night (8-9 hours), should I wake up to pump? I just sleep and pump when I wake up. Is that ok or will it affect milk amount? It seems like I should be ok just feeding her when she needs it w/out it affecting amount of milk produced but IDK.

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Mariann - posted on 06/05/2010

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sleep. its fine my daughter started sleeping through the night at like 5 weeks. (she wanted to eat all day long). she goes to bed at like 11pm and my son is up at 8am so i pump right before i go to bed about midnight just so i have mile saved up so I can go out someday. lol don't worry to much as long as she is steadily gaining weight she's eating enough. If she starts loosing weight then talk to your dr and see if they want u to do anything. most of the time tho babies will eat when their hungry and you know your baby better than anyone so if shes sleeping all night then your probably giving her enough to eat throughout the day. good luck

Ashley - posted on 06/04/2010

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when jake was only 2 weeks old the doctor told me to start suplimenting with a bottle of formula before he went to bed for the night. he was gaining weight but she didn't think it was enough. ever since i have had problems breast feeding because my body never knows if he is going to want the milk or not. i know its a pain in the ass but personally i would wake up and pump .. just once because it is a sevre pain if it does affect your milk, it will never been the same.

Sarah - posted on 06/04/2010

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You're body will keep making what she needs, as long as she eats around the same amount during the day. ♥

Amy - posted on 06/03/2010

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Unless you feel like building up your supply of milk or feel like your production isn't enough I wouldn't worry about it. From my understanding and I'm not an expert your body will produce what it needs when it's needed. So it will adjust to the fact that you may be nursing more during the day and not produce as much at night. You could always call laleche and see what they say, but I think your supply should be established by now.

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