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October 25th, 2011, 01:01 AM
Rae-of-Sunshine's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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What did you do when you little ones starting sleeping through the night? Did you still get up and pump at night? I ask because mine have not been eating at night for about a month and a half now. I have still been getting up at night to pump though, because I am not making enough for them while I am at work, and I figure any milk I can make to add to that is worth it. I am beginning to wonder though, if I didn't pump in the middle of the night, would I get close to the same ammount because I would get that much more at my first morning pump. Basically I am wondering if it is worth the lack of sleep

As some background .. I don't set an alarm or anything, I just pump whenever something (either one of the kids or something else) wakes me up. I generally pump somewhere between 12:30 and 2:30 and usually get about 10 oz during this pumping session and then another 5-7 oz in the morning. These 2 bottles I get in the middle of the night are important. I only pump 15-19 oz the entire day at work/ I would LOVE the sleep, but I am really afraid it would drop off the ammount I am making. Just wondering if anyone else stopped pumping at night and what effect it had.
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October 25th, 2011, 12:41 PM
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Max sleeps throught the night and I do not pump and get the same amount out during the day.

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October 26th, 2011, 07:08 AM
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Well, I mainly only pumped at work... but Juliet didn't start sleeping totally through the night til 9-9.5 months or so. If you stopped pumping at night you may get more at your first pump at first, but then it would probably taper off again as your body readjusted to the new schedule.

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November 4th, 2011, 07:13 AM
joellejello's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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When Sean started sleeping through the night and I stopped waking to pump, my total daily output did go down. So I would get 6 or so oz in the middle of the night while he was feeding on one side, then I pumped another 18-20 at work. Soon after he started cutting out night feedings, I'd get 20-22 oz at work, so overall a few oz less, though a bit more during work pumps. And it's steadily dropped from there. I'm getting about 11-16 per day now, and he takes 13 while I'm gone.

I did have quite an oversupply, and I think that's really the biggest reason I was OK with the drop in output, my freezer stash was getting large, and I was getting tired of pumping so much.
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November 4th, 2011, 06:41 PM
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I would be interested in hearing what everyone has to say on this as well. So far DS still wakes twice at night to nurse. I can only manage to pump about 12 oz a day at work, and I have NO freezer stash left (like maybe 10 oz). I would like to start encouraging him to sleep through the night, but I'm so afraid that then he won't get enough milk, and I don't see a point to stopping nursing him only to pump instead. He is 8 months.

Kasi - it makes me feel better to hear that Sean is only taking 13 oz while you are at work and is sleeping through the night. So there is hope!

Thank you Vicki!

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November 11th, 2011, 12:14 PM
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I'm only pumping at work, but I've never gone more then 4 hours without pumping or nursing. and I'm pretty sure once she starts STTN I'll probably be up to pump in the middle of the night, just because. (unless she is over 9 months)

I'm to scared my supply will dwindle if I go more then 4 hours ever, without feeding or pumping
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November 11th, 2011, 11:46 PM
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I have no advice sorry. I was only pumping at work, but alex didn't STTN until 12 months old ... Ollie was 15!

If you did stop the night pump, could yuo pick up another one during the day? Good luck with whatever happens.

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