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April 30th, 2013, 12:46 PM
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So I formula fed my son but I plan on breast feeding this time around. I was wondering, what do you do when the baby starts sleeping thru the night? Do you wake up and pump? Do you start leaking if you don't pump in the middle of the night? How does that work?
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April 30th, 2013, 01:09 PM
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Your body will make the right amount of milk for your baby if you feed on demand. DD didn't STTN until around a year or so, though most night nursing sessions were more for comfort rather than nutrition after about 6 months. Don't worry about pumping at night. When the baby is super little they'll probably wake up every 2-3 hours to eat. If not, you should wake baby for a feed every four hours. You'll probably leak a little at night until your body figures out how much milk baby needs, but it'll level off on its own. There will be random nights when your baby might sleep longer than usual because their patterns are really erratic at first, and in that case you might get a little engorged but it won't cause a problem unless it's a regular thing.
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April 30th, 2013, 01:22 PM
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^^ Great response!! I found that if I nursed on demand (day and night) my body kept up with what Abri needed as she grew. Just be prepared for cluster feeding where it seems like baby eats round the clock. It's temporary and is how baby signals your body to make more. Cluster feeding happens at growth spurts. So even when baby starts STTN, they may wake up at night to nurse during a growth spurt.
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April 30th, 2013, 01:46 PM
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Agree with PPs. I always sleep in a soft bra with nursing pads in case I leak. Sometimes I add a towel on the bed too. lol. It can be a fun mess! But yes, your body will adjust. Good luck!
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April 30th, 2013, 02:14 PM
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Oh, the cluster feeding. The first time that happened we were still in the hospital and I was totally freaked out because she got so frantic I couldn't get her to latch and had to get her calmed down first. We called one of the nurses and she explained a little about cluster feeding, but I had no idea how often it would happen or anything about growth spurts. Kellymom was an amazing resource to me in the beginning. But basically, if it ever seems like you're not making enough milk, just KEEP going. Don't think you need to supplement! Check with an LC to make sure you don't have latch issues, but pretty much assume your body and your baby will figure it out. It's a nerve-wracking little dance in the beginning but as long as you trust yourself it'll usually work out just fine.
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April 30th, 2013, 02:35 PM
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Thank you everyone, I'm really looking forward to the breast feeding experience
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April 30th, 2013, 07:36 PM
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Are you planning on pumping for work? I opted to sleep instead of getting up to pump. This meant I had to supplement sometimes with formula. I felt bad about that but the trade off was that I was a better rested and happier person for Alex. As long as you're feeding on demand during the day your supply shouldn't take a hit at all (as in wither up and go away. It will decrease some to adjust but if this is worrisome for you add a pump or two during the day).

Cluster feeding! *#$*#$*^@#*(@&#(*a#$8723497#$98@** Is what I have to say about that, lol! Thankfully it's not forever and when it becomes too much for you it's time to hand the baby over to your SO or another family member for them to wear (The sleepy wrap was great for this) or to be placed into a stroller and taken on a walk. If you feel like you're too stressed out then you probably are and need a bit of peace. Seriously, your breasts are amazing machines and they'll handle whatever you throw at them
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April 30th, 2013, 08:21 PM
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Are you planning on pumping for work? I opted to sleep instead of getting up to pump. This meant I had to supplement sometimes with formula. I felt bad about that but the trade off was that I was a better rested and happier person for Alex. As long as you're feeding on demand during the day your supply shouldn't take a hit at all (as in wither up and go away. It will decrease some to adjust but if this is worrisome for you add a pump or two during the day).

Cluster feeding! *#$*#$*^@#*(@&#(*a#$8723497#$98@** Is what I have to say about that, lol! Thankfully it's not forever and when it becomes too much for you it's time to hand the baby over to your SO or another family member for them to wear (The sleepy wrap was great for this) or to be placed into a stroller and taken on a walk. If you feel like you're too stressed out then you probably are and need a bit of peace. Seriously, your breasts are amazing machines and they'll handle whatever you throw at them
I'm not going back to work any time soon, but I would like to pump to have some stored just in case someone needs to watch her or in case of an emergency. I was just wondering what happens at night when baby starts sleeping thru the night and we don't have to feed them as much. I'm not looking forward to the cluster feelings lol
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April 30th, 2013, 08:38 PM
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I remember a few nights of waking up when I would expect Alex to wake up and feeling like I had bricks on my chest. Sometimes I'd wake up to wet bricks, lol.

I also distinctly remember peeling off my shirt and wadding it over my breasts and falling back to sleep, lol. After about 2-3 nights they stopped getting so full, but they were never empty. If Alex woke up wanting to be fed I could feed him no problem.
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I think while many breastfed babies do STTN, I think its important to remember that breast milk digests in about 90 minutes so your BF baby will probably want to feed more often than a formula fed one. DD never slept so I never really had to deal with those kinds of issues but on the rare occasion she did sleep for say 4-5 hours I would just hand express to relieve some of the engorgement. If you pump in the middle of the night your telling your body to keep making milk at that time and your likely to become engorged if baby sleeps through that feed again and you don't want to pump. DD probably fed every 30 mins -2 hrs for about 6 months and from 6 months to 12 months probably between 1-4hrs (day or night)
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