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Should I get up to express
-when DS starts sleeping though the night?


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#1 Blakes'Mum

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:19 PM

Hi.

DS is 9 weeks old and has started sleeping more at night- most of the time anyway- and I was wondering if when he does start sleeping though the night should I still get up and express to keep up my supply or will it be fine if he is still feeding well during the day?


Thanks.

#2 ubermum

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:27 PM

As long as every feed comes from the breast your body will adjust.  If you are using formula or bottles for any feeds, I would express.

#3 Nobody Cool

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:27 PM

If you are feeding on demand you'll continue to produce the volume of breastmilk your baby requires and won't need to express extra feeds. I would actually caution against expressing at this early stage because if you create an oversupply situation it can lead to engorgement, blocked ducts, mastitis etc

Dropping night feeds at 9 weeks is quite early for a BF baby but if he is getting plenty of milk during the day and is steadily gaining weight, having the right number of wet nappies etc everything should be fine.

#4 TwiceThe Woman

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:37 PM

^^^ShadyLane is spot on.
Just make sure you allow liberal feeds during the day.  Keep an eye on the wet nappies - that there are at least 6 a day and pooing ok too of course.  Weight gains should remain satisfactory too.

My first slept though from 5 weeks and never woke again until she was sick at 15 months old.  She had nothing but breast milk for 6 months and slept 10 hours a night - scary huh - I really missed the overnight cuddly feeds.
As it was so early in the peace, I just had to make sure she fed liberally - no dummy etc.,
She's still a good sleeper now at 29yo.


Edited by TwiceThe Woman, 04 May 2012 - 12:48 PM.


#5 lucky 2

Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:50 PM

PP's are spot on.
I only got up once to express when bub was asleep and that was because my breasts were very full and sore as she had suddenly slept longer than usual. I intended to express off enough for comfort (I wasn't concerned about supply, just sleep!), but of course as soon as I got organised to express, she woke up for a feed. She must have caught a whiff of breast milk original.gif.

#6 Blakes'Mum

Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:15 PM

Thanks heaps ladies original.gif You have been a big help.

#7 WinterIsComing

Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:37 PM

OMG, enjoy your sleep lucky lady!:)




#8 CurlyTops

Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:44 PM

No need to do it for supply, but you might want to do it for comfort for a short while.  Just take enough to stop the pain.

#9 Leee

Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:00 PM

My DS2 started sleeping through around 11 weeks and even after a week my breasts didn't adjust and I ended up with mastitis. I would wake probably an hour or two before him as they were so full and painful. After a week I would have thought they would have settled down but didn't. I wouldn't express, but maybe once you are up you might need to take a little off just so he can get on.

My doctor told me that I should get up and express but there was no way I was going to do that, I was enjoying the sleep.

#10 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 06 May 2012 - 01:39 AM

If youre exclusively BF on demand, I wouldnt worry about expressing, and just enjoy the sleep!




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