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May 28th, 2013, 11:51 AM
boysarebest's Avatar Veteran
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Hi ladies. I just had my 3rd son on April 2 and I am EBF but he is doing so good at sleeping through the night already that he has cut out the night feedings. He will literally sleep from 8 until 5 or 9 to 6 it is insane. My first son never slept a wink for the first 6 months and my second son only took a bottle so I pumped and supplemented with formula so he did sleep ok but not like this. I know it very well could change so i am enjoying while i can. He eats a ton during the day but I am not sure if I should be waking him at night to eat. He was born at 7 lbs. 11 ounces and is now around 12 lbs. at 8 weeks old. He will stir a little at night around 2:30 or 3 but usually just rocks himself back to sleep. I think about picking him up at that time to feed but usually am tired and dont want to wake him if he is really not that hungry. My boobs are pretty full in the morning but seem to have adjusted to his new schedule pretty much. Would you guys wake him to feed or just let him sleep through? Is this going to affect my milk production? The last thing on earth i want to do is pump in the middle of the night!!

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May 28th, 2013, 01:35 PM
ThaiSpice's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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As far as waking him up, as long as he's growing, no need to wake him. Your body will adjust to no night time feedings...meaning your overall supply will drop, but you should be able to continue bf still. I think it was around 3-4 months when my first baby started sleeping through, and we BF for 29 months. Personally, I wish I'd pumped once during the night/early morning to take advantage of the higher production overnight...once I went back to work, I did struggle with supply and pumping enough for daycare bottles. But it is super hard to get up and pump when baby is sleeping. Anyway...it is not uncommon for AF to return when night feedings are dropped.

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May 29th, 2013, 04:34 AM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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if he is growing (and he is!!!) i would not wake and your milk supply will adjust.

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