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Trouble Pumping in the Middle of the Night

I have a similar thread with other questions related to my difficulties pumping enough for dd's daycare bottles http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...d.php?t=419971,

BUT...I have one specific BIG problem that will certainly bring an end to my being able to provide enough breast milk if I don't come up with a solution quickly-

I have trouble with letdown when I pump in the middle of the night. I don't have trouble any other time of the day (though I have noticed that the sensation is not as strong as it used to be). And this has only been a problem in the past couple of weeks. I have tried pumping both in her room and also holding and smelling her clothing, but nothing works. Has this ever happened to any of you pumping moms out there? Do you have any suggestions or even reasons why this might be happening. I mean I've been stressed out a bit lately b/c of all this, but if there is a time of day when I'm relaxed, it's most certainly 2-3 a.m......I'm just about comatose for Pete's sake!

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Has anyone ever had this happen?
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I pump for daycare too and I do have this issue as well. The only suggestion that I've found that really helped was to drink a can (or large cup) of gatorade or something like that right before bed. I also drink a cup of it when I'm done pumping. It seems to help with rehydrating and I'm seeing that I can get 4 oz out during the night (1-2 am) and then be full again in the AM. I try to pump after dd finishes her morning session and surprisingly can get another 3-4 oz this way.

Maybe trying that?
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I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one. Thank you for the suggestion. I will try it. I can't get anything out if I pump after nursing dd on both sides int he morning, and she DOES usually want to nurse on both sides. As an experiment this morning, I tried nursing her for longer on both sides...even though she had slowed down visibly on that side as if she wasn't getting much, I just kept her there and encouraged her to keep sucking. She was okay with it, but I do want to make sure she's getting enough, so it makes me nervous to do that. I then pumped the other side and got 4 oz that she will have later today for lunch with "solids".


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I pump for daycare too and I do have this issue as well. The only suggestion that I've found that really helped was to drink a can (or large cup) of gatorade or something like that right before bed. I also drink a cup of it when I'm done pumping. It seems to help with rehydrating and I'm seeing that I can get 4 oz out during the night (1-2 am) and then be full again in the AM. I try to pump after dd finishes her morning session and surprisingly can get another 3-4 oz this way.

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