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i BF at home and pump 2x/day at work. for the most part i exactly keep up with jacob's demand. recently he started STTN - going down between 9-10pm and not waking til 5-6am, when i'm up for work. should i set an alarm and wake up to pump in the middle of the night? i'm afraid with him eating less frequently now (5x/day vs 6-7x/day) that he'll need more than 4 oz in his daycare bottles. a middle of the night pumping would assure a surplus every day and possibly add to my stash. what do you think? as much as i'd love to STTN myself, i'm used to waking up once and don't really mind. i don't think it's affected my productivity at work.
I personally would and have done that with Oliver, but then I gave up on that and just started grabbing him and bringing him to bed with me, so we could both sleep! But I would think if he is sleeping through the night he will need more during the day, and if you don't mind getting up, go ahead.
I got up for another 3.5 mths after the kids started STTN. That was the ONLY way I could keep up w/ how much they were taking. For about a month, I was able to store quite a bit of milk but after that grace period, the kids went from around 4.5 to 6 oz per bottle.
For me once Ava started STTN I didn't pump during the night, but I am a SAHM so I didn't have to send bottles to daycare with her. If I was a working mama I probably would do it though. If you are comfortable with waking up once per night to pump, it would ensure that you have a nice stash and won't have to worry about not having enough milk to send with him, although the appeal of STTN yourself again is hard to resist But it is whatever you are comfortable with doing
thanks ladies. i must have jinxed myself b/c jacob woke up to eat at 2am last night! i guess i'll give it another week or so until he's consistently STTN and decide if i should set a night time pump. luckily i have over 110 oz in the freezer just in case.
I wake up to pump in the night. Colin will usually sleep until 4am, but still occasionally wakes earlier. To make sure I don't pump right before he wakes I'll pump just one side and if he's still asleep for awhile I'll pump the other side. That way I always have one side ready for him.