confused on when I should pump

Steph - posted on 08/22/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I just had my son this july and did not produce enough milk so I had to start pumping , as a result I got real bad engorgement and my breast where not being emptied at all so again I had to pump to empty my breast. I stopped pumping and just darted to feed on demand but my concern is my son breastfeeds around 8 pm and then sleeps for about 5 to 6 hours and I wake up engorged. Shoukd I pump in the middle of the night at least once to keep my supply going or shoukd I just expect my body to know?
How do I really know when he has emptied my breast?

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Sarah - posted on 08/25/2014

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You never really empty your breasts. As baby is nursing or you are pumping your breasts are making more milk. The less baby nurses or you pump the less you make of milk. It is all supply and demand. If the demand is there the supply will be there. That is why sometimes when babies go through growth spurts and need more supply they will want to nurse more often......they are building your supply up. If your son is sleeping for about 5 to 6 hours at night then he is not needing that middle of the night feeding....you don't need to wake a sleeping baby unless there is a concern from the doctor about his weight. So to stop waking up engorged don't pump in the middle of the night. If you need to when you get up in the morning pump a little to not feel so engorged. Your body will start telling itself to make less milk in the middle of the night and you will start waking up without the engorged feeling.

Jodi - posted on 08/22/2014

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Breastmilk produces on supply and demand. As long as you wake up and pump in the middle of the night, you are creating demand so the supply will continue to wake you every night. If you don't pump in the middle of the night, your body will stop producing that much milk at night.

Eniee - posted on 08/22/2014

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I do the bottle and the breast milk just incase I may need a rest. cause I know it is not easy to breast feed at all why not give it a try.

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Steph - posted on 08/25/2014

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I have tried bottles before and he always seems to want my boobie right after. I am not sure if it is for comfort or because he is still hubgry. He falls asleep right after though

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