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Old 01-09-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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Sleeping through the night

My little guy will be 3 months old this weekend. And he's already sleeping through the night pretty consistently. I have been pretty lucky with all my BF babies in that they tend to sleep all night pretty early.

Thing is, I don't remember when it's ok to stop pumping in the middle of the night.

With DD2, she was sttn at just 2 weeks, going over 6 hrs. She was 12 hrs solid before 2 months, but we had a lot of issues BFing. I was getting up to pump in the middle of the night, twice a night, until we gave up BFing at 5.5 months.

I honestly don't remember the situation with DD3. She has always been really easy going and we nursed until a year. I remember she STTN pretty early too, but I don't remember when. I don't remember pumping in the middle of the night at all.

So, question is, when can I STTN with the baby?
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:42 PM   #2
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Um, I always have? Mine have all gone at least 8 hours without eating by 10 weeks. Mine have all gone 5-6 hours by 4 weeks. I have never gotten up to pump. I have always maintained a nursing or pumping session just before I go to bed around10-11pm until weaning. GL!
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:43 AM   #3
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Why would you need to pump at night if baby is sleeping? Are you trying to increase supply? I'm sorry, could you explain your question?
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:59 AM   #4
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Like I always say, we live parallel lives.

My babies all slept through the night early too. Mine has been doing it since 7 wks. He now sleeps 8-9 hrs. I have had supply issues in the past too. So, I understand that fear of losing your supply if you go to long. I want to get up at night, but just can't seem to do it. I ignore my alarm and go back to sleep. What I do, which is working, is pump before I go to bed around 11 each night. He usually wakes up around 6am to nurse. So, it's about 7 hrs without nursing/pumping. I try not to go over 8 hrs though sometimes I do. When I do, I'm really full. Today, I'm super full because for whatever reason, he did not do his constant nursing from 6pm to 10 or 11. He fell asleep around 9pm. I got him up and nursed him at 11, but he only took one side and it wasn't drained. I knew I should have gotten up to pump, but I'm fighting a stomach virus and my back is hurting. I didn't want to pump. I was in pain this morning.

If I were you, I'd not go over 8hrs if you can help it. Other than that, I'd start sleeping unless you need the freezer stash. I'd love to get up and take advantage of the night time fullness for my freezer. (I'm paranoid about my supply and build as big a stash as possible for supplementing in case my supply tanks.)

Congrats on a sleeping baby! It's wonderful!
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Re: Sleeping through the night

I am not currently concerned about supply, just maintaining it. He sleeps between 8 and 12 hours most nights (last night, after I posted, he woke up twice to get "a snack" lol) and I am concerned about going that long without nursing. He usually nurses some time between 6pm and 8pm, and then he falls asleep for the night. Then he's not usually up until some time between 4am and 6am.
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Re: Sleeping through the night

I am not currently concerned about supply, just maintaining it. He sleeps between 8 and 12 hours most nights (last night, after I posted, he woke up twice to get "a snack" lol) and I am concerned about going that long without nursing. He usually nurses some time between 6pm and 8pm, and then he falls asleep for the night. Then he's not usually up until some time between 4am and 6am.
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I am not currently concerned about supply, just maintaining it. He sleeps between 8 and 12 hours most nights (last night, after I posted, he woke up twice to get "a snack" lol) and I am concerned about going that long without nursing. He usually nurses some time between 6pm and 8pm, and then he falls asleep for the night. Then he's not usually up until some time between 4am and 6am.
Mine were in bed by 8 too. I would get them up to nurse just before I went to bed for a dreamfeed. Usually 10-11pm. They would then sleep until between 6 and 7am by 10 weeks of age. You can always try a dreamfeed to help with supply and also maybe let you sleep a little later in the morning This is a well known trick among those of us that work to create predictable routine and great sleep habits in our breastfed babies.
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Mine were in bed by 8 too. I would get them up to nurse just before I went to bed for a dreamfeed. Usually 10-11pm. They would then sleep until between 6 and 7am by 10 weeks of age. You can always try a dreamfeed to help with supply and also maybe let you sleep a little later in the morning This is a well known trick among those of us that work to create predictable routine and great sleep habits in our breastfed babies.
I hear of this all the time. I've been trying it with this baby (same age as OP, 3 months on the 12th). Mine won't wake up. Once he is asleep, he will NOT wake up to nurse no matter how hard I try. It's frustrating because I always hear people talking about it, but I can't make it happen.
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All I'm trying to do is maintain as well. No supply issues at this point. Mine sleeps about 8 hrs most nights, sometimes 9. I try not to go over 8 without stimulation from either baby or pump. Just pump a couple hours after he goes to sleep to make sure.
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You don't need to pump unless supply issues or you have engorgement. Otherwise you don't need to pump. Or if you are creatiing teething / stash for if you need to be away.......if not gqaining weight you don't need to worry about baby.
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