Try not to go longer than about six hours without pumping if baby is eating during that time. Many babies who are born full-term and are healthy can go through the night without a feeding by about 6 months. Maybe just 1 day per week would make it easier to recover, though. My 2 month old sleeps through the nights, and I sometimes forget to wake up to pump… Francesca Pearl is here! His dad tried too without success. The interval for daytime feedings usually stays between 1-3 hours for the first few months and then may lengthen to 4 hours or so. You gotta figure out a way to pump, period. I only get 1/2oz or 1 oz when I pump. It will empty your breasts very well and signal them to produce more milk. you’re waking up anyway with rock hard and leaking boobs. Now I have another dilemma I left my son for 5 hours yesterday for orientation and he refused to drink from the bottle with the babysitter. It maybe also won’t be so bad once your baby was older and didn’t need to get all of his/her nutrition from you, too. She is growing fine, eating 3 meals a day + snacks, nurses 1x during the night, and is generally happy. ETA: Pump in your car with a cover if you need or, if you can, talk to the principal to figure out someplace for you to pump such as using a counselors office while they are on lunch? When can I stop pumping in the night? Start by selecting which of these best describes you! And, honestly, even if it did turn out to be that rare case that where the bottle just never works again, by 4mo he totally can go straight to drinking from a spoon or a cup if needbe – especially if you’re not working crazy 36h shifts or anything. you dont need an outlet, you can get a battery pack for the pump. Don’t try to push it and wait until you’re experiencing extreme fullness or breast pain as that can cause clogged ducts or mastitis, but do try to extend the times between sessions as much as you can. 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I guess this is just a sign that he is maturing but it’s extremely stressful for me. So, you could take a few 5 minute breaks during the day with a hand pump. I dropped my middle of the night pumping session as soon as my baby began to consistently sleep through the night. The car adapter has been a life saver for me! Ditto pp re a battery pack for the pump. A night without pumping. I am worried that if I take time to pump, I’ll get behind in my work. I pump around midnight/1am, then again at 6/7am). Having a whole ten hour sleep stretch is such a luxury, and quite unusual for a breastfed baby. [vc_row full_width="stretch_row" background_color="secondary" lg_spacing="padding_top:110"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-3 vc_col-md-4"][tm_image image="180523"][tm_spacer size="lg:30"][tm_heading tag="div" custom_google_font="" text="Information posted on mommd.com (Site) by its users is held out to the public domain and is therefore public information which can be viewed by others. If I need to pump quietly I can stick my pump in my desk and it muffles the sound (I have a freestyle). Can you pump in your car durinig a break? The kids don't know what I'm doing, but they know that is a sign to wait a minute. Expect to pump just a little colostrum (the first milk) at first. When pumping during the night, milk yield tends to be better if you pump when you naturally wake (to go to the bathroom or because your breasts are uncomfortably full) than if you set an alarm to wake for pumping. I know there are women that even go out to their cars to pump during their lunch break. I am wondering if I'll mess up my supply if I nurse or pump every 2-3 hours during the day but sleep through nursing at night. Will supply go down if you don’t? Get weekly updates on baby and your body. I’m convinced that with a cover – you can do it many places. (4th year med school!) I also have soreness and a harder spot on one breast. Now is the perfect time to start your Baby Registry! So honestly, I would not want to pick starting a new job as a time to quit! Then, once you can get through the night okay, you can drop a session (the 8am session is the obvious candidate). I am in pain after 6 hours of not pumping/nursing. Off topic, sorry, but sharing the mental image was worth logging in . This is how many times each day your baby would typically feed from the breast. I would like to figure out a schedule that will maximize my sleep without sacrificing my milk supply from dropping during the day. So overall my amount decreased, but I was ok with that. If you can delay your pumping session by an hour or two, then go for it. Set the thermostat to turn the heat pump back up to a warmer temperature about a half hour before you plan to wake up; that way, you can start the day with a … Even a couple days of that schedule would hurt your supply, a few weeks might knock it out. 2. I once pumped at a concert with my cover. my LO is 2 months and i've been going from probably 12/12:30am to 8 or 9 for probably 2 weeks now without nursing or pumping and I've been fine. Do you have to pump at night? This makes for a total 9.5-10 hours a night. Alternatively, I’ve hand-pumped a few times minutes, a few times per day when I only worked 1-2 days. I have pumped while working full-time before and found it to be a pain on the rear. Only rule? I agree with PP's that you can pump in your car no problem or use a cover in your classroom. Susan E.C. WHen I went back to teaching and LO was 4 months, I would feed him at 7am and again at 4pm. Good luck . It was uncomfortable at first, but worth it to me to not pump much at work! Posted by 5 years ago. Great question. Every time I stretched out pumping – I made the same I would have each session no matter when I pumped. I don’t pump as I’ve been home so I just feed on demand (usually every 2-3 hrs during the day). You're posting some good content. After 2 m/c - lap for stage 3-4 endo You can combine milk from separate pumping sessions, you just want to make sure that the milk is the same temperature (if you pumped earlier today and placed the milk in the fridge, you should cool your newly pumped milk in the fridge BEFORE combining). Thanks to all for your advice and support. Car is a great option too. I’m not sure how you will know ahead of time which lady you will be, but I do believe that my experience is a bit more common. I’m not surprised that you’re having trouble with engorgement, though. Brenda says. I gradually weaned myself to pump only every 8 hours, and then every 12 hours. Turns out the vast majority of the time, that’s what happens. I’m going to see if he will do better with a cup or even with a spoon, though he is still pretty young. Thanks so much for your opinions/advice. I pumped again at 6:30AM. I had been giving him bottles last month without problems! Joined: Jul 12, 2012 Messages: 12,787 Likes Received: 77. The cover is a good idea too, you can tell someone to get out without them seeing anything. Then you could pump in your car on your way to and from work. There is no way I could go 8 or more hours due to the pain. and my supply regulated to how often I pumped – ie, I still pumped about the same amount of ounces per pumping. How long do you want to be able to go without pumping at night? My experience was like that of southern’s – at the very beginning maybe I could make up for lost sessions, but after 6 months or so I would only ever make the same amount per pump session. I feed her on one side first thing and then pump the other (I just pumped 5oz out of the one side this morning) and I'm not taking any supplements to help my supply. If rooms don't lock, you can get a privacy cover and pump under it. Good luck. Not only that but I was so engorged and they were so rock hard and I was in so much pain that even after pumping it took a good long time for the pain to go away. Is it worth the trouble? Spread out sessions Gradually spread out the sessions, but let comfort be your guide and pay attention to your body. I will be out of work for leave for 6-7 weeks. All Rights Reserved. If your baby is having latching issues and you’re solely pumping and bottle feeding (i.e., exclusively pumping), then you should be trying to match what a normal nursing baby would do at the breast. A night without pumping. In dire situations I have quickly used a hand pump for 5 minutes in a bathroom to get some relief. I'm pumping like a madwoman so that she is still getting breast milk and haven't had to supplement with formula yet, but for the last two nights I've skipped pumping at night (well, I'm going about 5-6 hours without pumping. Note: If baby is sleeping longer stretches at night, you should be sleeping those stretches too. you’ll worry less about baby, you can always drop it later if you don’t need, and you won’t worry about supply while you’re at work. Should I just let it dry up and focus on the left. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. Plus, I leak like crazy starting at around 6 hours. Benefits of partial breastfeeding include: 1. So it worked for me. well, i have a different opinion. I am a teacher that commutes 1 hour away. That didn’t bring home enough for baby to drink that day but it did keep up my nursing rhythm. I’d cut down my pumping, and my supply wouldn’t bounce back. I am also a teacher and have had to make it work. Yup, same experience as southern’s. no decreased supply, no pain, no engorgement. (kind of like a reverse to those that say the pump or nurse often during the day but sleep 8-10 hours at night) I'm worried about losing my milk supply during these 3 1/2 weeks and not being about to nurse during the summer months when I will be home with her. Your milk production will regulate itself and your body will adjust, which means that most people can continue nursing without any issues. i am usually too tired to pump before I go to bed, so i am going as long as 9-10 hours even w/o feeding or pumping overnight until LO wakes up (dad gives him pre-bed bottle). I know...its not rocket science, but I am curious. I pumped q4-5h as an intern (back when we still worked 36h shifts) and it was fine – I just found a call room to pump in, so I could have a desk with a computer and phone, and I wrote notes / answered pages / looked up lab values / etc. As long as baby is getting mom’s milk, he will continue to receive many benefits from breastmilk and the act of breastfeeding. Your goal schedule might look something like this: 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9:30pm. Let’s say that you decide you want to be able to go from 10pm to 6am without pumping, and pump every three hours during the day. Week 10 sleep schedule. As everyone’s said, though, everyone’s body seems to be different, here…. You could do maybe 6 hours once you hit 12 weeks or so but there is absolutely no way you could go that long early on. Babies (5-9 months) sleep through the night when they achieve 6-8 hours of continuous nighttime sleep. The few times my daughter has slept 8 hours, I have woken up before her in pain and had to express milk for some relief. Or do they have to go into separate bags? Even one pumping session would make all the difference. We tried a couple of different bottles, with a couple of different feeding positions, and making sure to offer it when he was calm and happy sometimes (and sleepy… and not starving and mad about it…), and were soon back on track. LOL, … I nursed in the Splash Zone at Sea World with a a cover. Is it possible to go 8-9 hours without pumping (one hospitalist shift) and be OK with regards to maintaining my milk supply? Anonymous: GAwd I feel for you -- I had to pump every 2 hours and it was A NIGHTMARE. I think it’s different for everyone though! Not ideal, but it would only be for a few weeks. And as far as pumping for one day / week, I would consider scheduling a break for notes/ catch up / lunch and pump then. (Part 2) In response to the previous post, "The 'Magic Number' and Long-Term Milk Production," a reader of this blog wrote: “I have a 6-week-old and just returned to work. Avoid going longer than 5-6 hours without pumping during the first few months. I don't want to over pump. That means do not skip more than one breastfeeding without pumping. Is it possible to go 8-9 hours without pumping (one hospitalist shift) and be OK with regards to maintaining my milk supply? Do you count the two hours from start time or finish time? So be comforted by the many women have gone before you! For instance, if I start pumping at 7pm and finish at 7:45, do I pump again at 9pm or 9:45? - BabyCenter Canada It was crazy. Even one feeding at night (say 4-5 hour from his last feed) is good for your milk supply. Some of my pumping sessions are only 10-15 minutes, but I use all my alone time to make it work. If your boobs wake you up before the baby, just pump to take the edge off so you can go back to sleep. And even then, I’d probably only pump a small bit to relieve the discomfort, because pumping yourself empty will just tell your body that yes, that middle-of-the-night meal is still needed, and will repeat the next night. You can get a hands free bra so you can grade papers while you pump. I just got to thinking that when I go back to work, I would pump at work. I had to be away for a work conference last night so I brought my pump. Can you pump while your kids are at art, music, gym, lunch? It will most likely be impossible. But when the issue first came up, I was just terrified. Maybe not while doing an H&P, but ….other than that! If you can, start pumping within six hours after birth. My room locks, but I also put a shade over my window so people know not to attempt to come in. I don't think that would work. Understanding these basic dynamics can go a long way in helping mothers meet their long-term breastfeeding goals. Lauren. She started pumping in the morning for her youngest and not again the rest of the day, and her body adjusted and pumped like an insane 20 oz in that one pump and never reduced her amount. If LO either STTN or takes a bottle from DH/OH, would you still have to get up and pump? I did this just a few times just because of being exhausted and sleeping without pumping and my supply tanked so I am trying to get it back right now. if you pump overnight to mimic what the rest of us do during the day, that might work but holy cow - how are you going to function during the day waking up every 2-3 hours at night to pump? Thanks. 3. I tried throughout the day to give him the bottle but he would just scream. As far as naps go, you’re probably looking at two or three a day. you are 1. going to be in pain and 2. your supply is going to take a major hit. Archived. I can't imagine going that long during the day when my supply is stronger and having to perform at work as well. I can't even go that long asleep without being in pain. I would definitely look for any options other then not pumping. How many times do you nurse or breastfeed at night. Hi, Lauren! 7. He is now 4 months old. Program a set-back temperature for the heat pump at night (8° to 10° cooler than during the day), so it will only come in cases of extremely low heat. Cutting back on feedings during the day can … If you work full time and have to find time to pump during a busy workday, you'll want to use a fully automatic pump so you can pump both breasts quickly at the same time. Being away from work for a year has made me pretty anxious about going back, even on a very limited basis. I pump once every 3 hours and am pumping more than enough milk for my baby. But do you still pump at night? Great! I pumped before bed (11:30PM) and did not set an alarm to wake up and pump. I am thinking that if I only work once a week, I can avoid pumping at work. TTC since September '08 I was exclusively pumping at least eight times a day from four weeks postpartum to four months postpartum. Comfort, bonding, skin-to-skin benefits Mom can provide 100% of these even if very little breastmilk is being obtained during nursing. Do you pump at night? Reply. This long w/o pumping or nursing is going to put a serious dent in your supply. I wonder if maybe pumping just once a day wouldn’t be that bad. Hi, won’t you be uncomfortable (engorged feeling) after 8-9 hours? With my new job, I will only be working 1 shift a week to start. I guess my question is, has anyone occasionally gone 8-9 hours without breastfeeding or pumping and not had a drop in their milk supply? Currently, my 4 month old goes to sleep somewhere between 8:45pm and 9:45pm and I nurse him close to bedtime. When can I drop pumping sessions and still maintain my supply? Depending on the age of your baby, you might only need to pump once a night and can do so right before your bedtime. I can even wake up at night to pump when baby is still sleeping if needed. I pumped 15 minutes but I don’t feel empty. Close. 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