What do you do when your baby starts sleeping long hours at night?

Kathryn - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 7 week old just started sleeping long hours at night (7.5 hrs). What can I do to prevent from waking with him and my breasts are huge and sometimes engorged. I have exclusively been BF. No bottles or pumping this whole time.

Is it time to buy a pump?
Is there an alternative?

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Lydia - posted on 02/11/2011

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my daughter slept through the night (8 hours) from 6 weeks until 4 months and than started waking up again for 1 feed. she still does - now because of teething even more often than once a night. I never pumped, I sometimes hand expressed in the middle of the night when I was engorged to the point I couldn't sleep because of the uncomfortable feeling. but after a week or two my body adjusted and i wasn't engorged anymore at night. same thing other way around. once she started waking up again every night for a feed it took 2-3 days for the supply to adjust. don't worry to much about pumping and if you really need a relief try to hand express... here is a tutorial video:

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Lise - posted on 02/11/2011

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I would pump or hand express. Your baby may be ready to STTN or it could be short-lived. My daughter STTN very early on, for about a week or two. Then she was back to nursing every 2-3 hours...

Nicole - posted on 02/10/2011

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I would just like to suggest that MAYBE you should pump during the night until you're 100% sure he sleeps through the night. My son slept through the night from 2 weeks old until he was 2 1/2 - 3 months old and then started waking up again at night for feedings until he was about 6 months old or so.
Just sharing my experience. =) Good Luck.

Michelle - posted on 02/08/2011

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Buy a pump. It helps. With my son and then my daughter I used to save the milk to mix in with their daily cereal (when they got to be about 5 months old). With my son I was able to freeze the milk for the occasional bottle so I could get out once in a while (like once a week for an hour or so), but my daughter wouldn't take a bottle so it just got used with the cereal. My youngest is 2 months and not sleeping through the night yet so we're not there yet with her. She should be sleeping through the night about when she starts solids too hopefully (if not sooner) so I'll be doing the same thing with her. You will eventually stop being engorged. Several days to a week and then your body will be used to your sons sleeping pattern. Good for you and congratulations!

Amy - posted on 02/08/2011

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You can pump if it does get un comfortable. Some women find that even when there babies sleep at night that they still need to pump to be comfortable.

After a week or so your body should adjust and it shouldn't bother you much anymore.

And i second the be happy. My oldest woke every 2 hours until he was 6 months, he STILL wakes in the middle of the night at 2 1/2. My youngest started going 9-12 hours between feedings when she was 4 weeks old, only to wake once at night IF she's in the eating part of growing, and even then it lasts for no more than a week. I pump, and found I can easily go 9 hours before it gets too uncomfortable.

Nadia - posted on 02/08/2011

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first off be happy!!! many babies don't sleep through the night at this age so you're very lucky!!! and your body will adjust your milk supply in a few days... i wouldn't nesessarily sugest pumping in the middle of the night because then your body will still keep your supply up, thus still engorged through the night. But if you're thinking of pumping for bottles/freeze milk then it might be an idea :)

Carolyn - posted on 02/08/2011

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when you wake up so engorged it is difficult to get back to sleep, try hand expressing a bit of milk to relieve the discomfort if you dont want to buy a pump if you dont see yourself getting much use out of it.

Personally a pump can be a very usefull thing, especially when something takes you away from the baby, travelling ( you can pump and then give a bottle) yadda yadda. Up to you though !

but your body will adjust in a few days - a week ish, and slow your milk production at night so you no longer become engorged.

dont express to much or you are just signalling the body to keep producing milk. Just a bit so you can get back to sleep.

Nothing is more frustrating than finally having a baby sleep through the night and you cant LOL

Sammie - posted on 02/08/2011

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Your body will figure out that your son is sleeping through the night and adjust itself to make less milk at night. Good luck, i know being engorged isn't fun.

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