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Breastfeeding question. Michayla08 18 kids; California 989 posts
21st Mar '13

Hi ladies. I am EBF. DS is 2 1/2 months. For the past week he has been sleeping at night from about 10/11-5:30/6/30. My first question is he still too young to go that long without a feeding? I have read wake him up and then I have read that if he is hungry he will wake up and let him sleep. My next question is if I let him sleep should I get up in the night and pump to keep my supply up? I know as of now my supply is adequate. Thanks!!

[[Breezy]] 1 child; Savannah, Georgia 14253 posts
21st Mar '13

No, there's no need to wake him up, nor is there a need to pump. :)

mama1821 Due July 2 (girl); 2 kids; Tacoma, Washington 1265 posts
21st Mar '13

let him sleep, he will make up for it in the day. your body is amazing and will not just shut off milk supply, it will adjust constantly to babies demands. enjoy your rest if he is sleeping that much in the night! consider yourself lucky.

Juliette 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Olive Branch, MS, United States 3015 posts
21st Mar '13

As long as he is having enough diapers..... If you are trying to build a freezer stash then yes wake and pump if not... your milk will regulate to fit babies needs. :)

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
21st Mar '13

Watch his output. As long as he's having enough wet diapers, is active while awake and gaining weight properly then let him sleep. As for pumping, you can if you become engorged but pumping could cause engorgement. Remember that your body will make wat he needs for the most part.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting [[Breezy]]:</b>" No, there's no need to wake him up, nor is there a need to pump. :)"</blockquote>



This. Unless u want to up your supply or make a milk stash then u can pump in the night.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
21st Mar '13

I meant to add as long as hrs gaining adequate weight. If the drs concerned about his weight gain or health they'll have u wake to feed.

Michayla08 18 kids; California 989 posts
21st Mar '13

Thank you ladies!! That helps so much! He definitely has enough wet/poopy diapers in a day. Now I just have to try and get him to take the bottle (with my milk of course) so I can get away for a few hours every once in a while.... He screams every time we try to give it to him!!

Michayla08 18 kids; California 989 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" I meant to add as long as hrs gaining adequate weight. If the drs concerned about his weight gain or health they'll have u wake to feed."</blockquote>



He's definitely gaining weight! And very active almost all day... So he's exhausted by night time lol.

Household 6 2 kids; Columbus, Georgia 17761 posts
21st Mar '13

I only ever woke mine up when my b**bs woke me up haha!

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Michayla08:" <blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" I meant to add as long as hrs gaining adequate ... [snip!] ... He's definitely gaining weight! And very active almost all day... So he's exhausted by night time lol."


My ds was this way and the docs said to leave him. He's 6 1/2 months now and won't sleep through the night anymore so enjoy it while you can lol

Sheri an aspiring hippie 19 kids; Nevada 3091 posts
21st Mar '13

The only reason to wake him to nurse would be if you are trying to keep your fertility away. If you wanted to use bf as a birth control there are rules you have to follow. One of them is to not go longer than 4-6 hrs at night. You can google it. Otherwise let him sleep. Your milk will be fine. As for bottle feeding. He wont take it because you are there. Bottles are inferior in his mind. Which should make you feel good lol. If you went out he would take it from a babysitter and if not then you just nurse him before you go and when you get back. My friend works as a massage therapist and goes to work for 5hrs. Her 3 mos old baby just waits for her. IM sure he makes up for it throughout the day and night. Point is if he wont take a bottle that is fine.

Michayla08 18 kids; California 989 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sheri an aspiring hippie:</b>" The only reason to wake him to nurse would be if you are trying to keep your fertility away. If you wanted ... [snip!] ... just waits for her. IM sure he makes up for it throughout the day and night. Point is if he wont take a bottle that is fine."</blockquote>




Ya I am not planning on using it for birth control.... DH is going in to get fixed ha ha. Problem is I wasn't there when my husband tried feeding him.... He took the bottle the first time we offered it to him but now that he's older it is definitely inferior to him (it does make me feel good though lol ;0)) I am thinking of getting a faster nipple because the ones I have come out super slow and he likes to chug and be done lol. Thank you for the tips!!

Michayla08 18 kids; California 989 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sheri an aspiring hippie:</b>" The only reason to wake him to nurse would be if you are trying to keep your fertility away. If you wanted ... [snip!] ... just waits for her. IM sure he makes up for it throughout the day and night. Point is if he wont take a bottle that is fine."</blockquote>




Btw I just read ur profile... I think it's amazing you were able to have your baby at home!

Sheri an aspiring hippie 19 kids; Nevada 3091 posts
23rd Mar '13
Quoting Michayla08:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Sheri an aspiring hippie:</b>" The only reason to wake him to ... [snip!] ... that is fine."</blockquote> Btw I just read ur profile... I think it's amazing you were able to have your baby at home!"


ty i need to finish writing my recent birth story :)