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Old May 4th, 2017, 02:37 AM   1
TinyLynne
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Middle of the night pumping pals


Since DS sleeps through the night now, I pump between 1-2 am. It gets lonely... I find myself bored. So I guess here I will make a post to distract myself from this late night nipple ripping! Feel free to join in with your late night thoughts or just follow along!



 
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Old May 5th, 2017, 02:12 AM   2
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I'm Tiny. My baby boy was born Thanksgiving of 2016.

I was really lucky that by the 4th time he ate, he latched on without any help from the lactation consultants.

Other than excruciating pain from raw nipples and cluster feeding, things went really well until DS decided to start sleeping 6 hour stretches at night. At first, that 6 hours was amazing!!! Until I could tell a difference in supply as he just wasn't seeming satisfied anymore. Weigh ins and LC appointments confirmed that he wasn't getting enough per feed anymore. So I had to start getting up during that window and pumping. Unfortunately, supply drops quickly and takes a while to build back up, so between 10-12 weeks I had to supplement with a small amount of formula. With hands on pumping I am now able to mak what DS needs, and usually a little bit more (unless he is mega hungry). I am really happy this lonely night waking has paid off, because sleep sounds glorious too!



 
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Old May 6th, 2017, 02:33 AM   3
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I read an article a week ago written by a woman who exclusively pumps. She was giving tips and one of them was "Don't get up in the night to pump" and said it's okay to sleep through the night if your baby does. "You wouldn't nurse, so why would you pump?" Was her justification. I'm really glad that works out for her, but when I started going just 6 hours because DS was sleeping that long at night, my supply plummeted. I just thought that was really bad advice for someone who is looking for tips. Is anyone else able to keep up and sleep through the night? It sounds like a dream come true. But not reality for this momma.



 
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Old May 7th, 2017, 03:12 AM   4
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Sometimes I have no problem getting up and pumping. I'm so happy to actually be making enough for DS that I think "this isn't bad at all!" And I feel like I can go more than a year, I can go 2 years or maybe even more!

But then there are nights like tonight, which have been getting way more frequent, where I just keep thinking "How can I keep doing this?" I'm so tired. This is so hard!

I wish I was like that girl that didn't have to wake up to pump. How glorious would that be?



 
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Old May 7th, 2017, 03:12 AM   5
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I used to pump at night because at first my LO couldn't extract milk from me very well, so after she fed I'd pump. Oddly although it was exhausting I found it quite nice to be on my own for once, not tied to my baby, able to watch some TV without worrying it would harm LO!

Re the advice from other people - each woman is slightly different and has to do what her baby and body need. I would say that now baby is older and your supply has regulated it might be possible for you to stop, or cut down on the night pumps, but it depends whether you want to risk trying or if you are happy with the status quo.

It's quite possible that over the next few months/years your LO will go through developmental leaps that will mess with his current sleep pattern. I would hate you to look back and think "Why didn't I sleep when I had the chance?". However maybe it means if he does start waking you'll be used to being up and the milk will be there ready! It's all about weighing up what is most important to you and bf might trump sleep for you.



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Old May 7th, 2017, 09:08 AM   6
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Thanks noon-child!

I'm too scared to lose this supply after working so hard, but I have been contemplating trying to cut back on he might pump at 6 months depending on how much he needs then.

Or waiting until after summer if we decide we want to 'try' again then and my cycle hasn't returned.

It just gets lonely. I don't want to turn the TV on because I don't want to wake DH up. Or get caught up in something when I need to go to sleep so I'm not a zombie at work!

Thanks for stopping by!!



 
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Old May 9th, 2017, 03:50 AM   7
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I pump in the middle of the night every other night. I think it is working well but should probably do every night. Sometimes I just want to sleep!



 
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Old May 9th, 2017, 07:29 AM   8
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Completely understand kaja! Do you get a lot of clogs when you sleep though the night?



 
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Old May 10th, 2017, 02:19 AM   9
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OMG! Last night I had a 5 hour stretch at one point. Worst clog I've ever had!! And I've had some stubborn ones!! I was up late because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep with that giant thing. I couldn't move my arm without it hurting! Finally.... it went. 2oz backed up just in the clog. There has never been that much in one of my clogs. Soooo glad it is out! But now makes me really nervous to even junk about dropping this lovely night pump!



 
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Old May 10th, 2017, 13:45 PM   10
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There has never been that much in one of my clogs. Soooo glad it is out! But now makes me really nervous to even junk about dropping this lovely night pump!
Maybe you could just reduce the amount of time you pump for slowly over a few weeks? Like maybe If you pump for 30minutes now, you could aim to be only doing 15minutes after two weeks...something like that?



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