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post #121 of 315

I pump exclusively, and Elliott is back to STTN, he sleeps form 9pm-5am and I haven't noticed a decrease at all. Cynthia and Actiasluna, have you tried going up or down a flange size? if you have it, make sure to use to let down feature, or pump on the highest speed with about medium suction for a minute or two to stimulate let down. 

post #122 of 315

For what it's worth, I am bordering on oversupply here, and when Clover sleeps for a 5+ hour stretch as she has been doing lately, I sometimes want to pump to relieve pressure/add to my freezer stash. Even when my breasts are almost painfully full, I sometimes can't get any out via the pump. Or if I do, it takes a lonnng time on the high speed + (sorry, tmi) sometimes a little help from the husband to get things going with a human mouth . I think at this point I'm just so used to my baby's way of doing things, the pump just doesn't seem to cut it for my breasts, even when super full. Hand expressing always works, though.

post #123 of 315
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Originally Posted by rainbownurse View Post
 

I pump exclusively, and Elliott is back to STTN, he sleeps form 9pm-5am and I haven't noticed a decrease at all. Cynthia and Actiasluna, have you tried going up or down a flange size? if you have it, make sure to use to let down feature, or pump on the highest speed with about medium suction for a minute or two to stimulate let down. 

 

And you don't wake up to pump between nine and five? And it hasn't affected your supply?

post #124 of 315
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Originally Posted by zeeohee View Post
 

For what it's worth, I am bordering on oversupply here, and when Clover sleeps for a 5+ hour stretch as she has been doing lately, I sometimes want to pump to relieve pressure/add to my freezer stash. Even when my breasts are almost painfully full, I sometimes can't get any out via the pump. Or if I do, it takes a lonnng time on the high speed + (sorry, tmi) sometimes a little help from the husband to get things going with a human mouth . I think at this point I'm just so used to my baby's way of doing things, the pump just doesn't seem to cut it for my breasts, even when super full. Hand expressing always works, though.

 

hand expressing is better for me too, but I can only get like 1/2 an ounce. 

post #125 of 315

you don't want the pump on the highest speed the whole time, just the first minute until you get letdown, then you should drop the speed to about half, but keep the suction as high as you can handle it. 

post #126 of 315
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post
 

 

And you don't wake up to pump between nine and five? And it hasn't affected your supply?

 

not yet! the only thing that I've noticed really effects my supply negatively is not drinking enough water. I drink a bottle of gatorade at every pump, and in between I drink a bottle of water (750ml bottles)

post #127 of 315

Rainbownurse, that is alot of liquids. hm. Maybe Im not drinking enough. That is a really good suggestion about the speed, suction and flange size. I haven't tried pumping in a few weeks because I got discouraged but I'll give it another go, because those are good suggestions. Also, I'll up my water intake. The doctor told me 8 glasses day was enough but Ive had several moms with oversupply say they drink way more than that.

post #128 of 315
Ham being. Oh geez. I need to start proof reading posts.

I have never noticed a decrease in supply when baby night weans. BUT my babies have never night weaned before 6 months and I think that's crucial. It takes a while for your milk supply to be really well established. When it is, it will just adjust for the demand. But it takes a while to get to that point.

Also... I think it depends how you define night weaning (how long are they sleeping without eating? 5 hours? 8?) and how often are they nursing during the day?
post #129 of 315
If left alone, Julia sleeps 6-8 hours a night without waking to eat. During the day, she eats every 2-3 hours, usually every 2 on the dot. And she's 2 mo old.

Last night I didn't wake her and we are all so much happier today-- being well rested is so nice. But I also felt so guilty. Ugh.
post #130 of 315
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

If left alone, Julia sleeps 6-8 hours a night without waking to eat. During the day, she eats every 2-3 hours, usually every 2 on the dot. And she's 2 mo old.

Last night I didn't wake her and we are all so much happier today-- being well rested is so nice. But I also felt so guilty. Ugh.

 

ohmygod, 6-8hrs. amazing. Cynthiamoon, do not feel guilty!! That is fantastic. I highly regret following the midwife's advice early on of waking Griffin every 2 hrs because I think this is one of the reasons he has a hard time sleeping now. I wish id known better or listened to other more seasoned moms.

 

I consider night weaning 5 hrs but I dont know why, I just do. I think I just consider it like that because by 5 hrs by boobs are exploding and need Griffin to relieve pressure. (only happened about 4 times in 2 months) He feeds every 2-3hrs in the day and its super hard to get him to nap because he really wants to stay up and hang out. 

post #131 of 315
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

If left alone, Julia sleeps 6-8 hours a night without waking to eat. During the day, she eats every 2-3 hours, usually every 2 on the dot. And she's 2 mo old.

Last night I didn't wake her and we are all so much happier today-- being well rested is so nice. But I also felt so guilty. Ugh.

 

do not feel guilty at all! She will wake up if she's hungry, trust me

post #132 of 315
Seriously! Don't feel guilty! Feel very, very happy! That's awesome!!
post #133 of 315
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Originally Posted by rainbownurse View Post
 

you don't want the pump on the highest speed the whole time, just the first minute until you get letdown, then you should drop the speed to about half, but keep the suction as high as you can handle it. 

 

Yeah, my pump has letdown mode. The problem is I don't *get* letdown with the pump anymore, even if my breasts are obviously full. Maybe I will try changing the flange size, though. I hadn't thought of that!

post #134 of 315
Z- I've heard that looking at a picture of your baby (or your actual baby) can help stimulate let down. I'm not sure if its true though.

I've started pumping to donate my milk and boy, is it a science! I think I'm starting to get the hang of it now. I get about 3 oz. about an hour after giving Ruby her big bed time feeding. I think that's good?
post #135 of 315
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Originally Posted by zeeohee View Post
 

 

Yeah, my pump has letdown mode. The problem is I don't *get* letdown with the pump anymore, even if my breasts are obviously full. Maybe I will try changing the flange size, though. I hadn't thought of that!

 

I usually hold Elliott or I keep a blanket of his near me. I don't know if it works or not. 
Have you tried massaging your breasts during letdown mode? I get wwaaayy more when I massage during the pump. 

post #136 of 315

Elliott's new favourite way to sleep is face down. Not on his stomach, but with his face pressed into the mattress

post #137 of 315
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Elliott's new favourite way to sleep is face down. Not on his stomach, but with his face pressed into the mattress

Isn't that nerve wracking? Rowan does that too. Gah.
post #138 of 315
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That would unhinge me. (Probably because my stinker has me totally sleep deprived).
post #139 of 315
Gah! Bedtime here sucks. My baby refuses to let anyone else put her to sleep except me and even then she wails from 8-10 pm, wont nurse and wont be comforted at all. She seems to want to go to sleep at 7 pm but then wakes up crying within half an hour and that continues until 10:30ish at which point she will conk out totally exhausted. I have noticed that she has gas and seems to have a hard time burping but I can burp her for an hour and still she cries. What is this?! It started about a 8 or 9 weeks so i cant imagine it is colic. Any ideas? Also my diet is dairy free and limited chocolate and it doesnt seem to coincide with food.
post #140 of 315

Talldarkeyes, that sucks. I can only tell you my experience but otherwise have no idea. Griffin did that for about 6 days when he was around 9 or 10 weeks and I was going out of my mind because he had been such a good sleeper. What I found started working is me paying attention and understanding his sleep signals better because since Im a new mom, (i feel like) I have no idea what im doing. Im not sure how much your baby sleeps during the day but I find that the more naps Griffin has, the earlier he wants to go to bed. Pretty much as soon as I see one yawn or him rubbing his eyes, I start to to put him to sleep. THere seems to be this magic spot somewhere in there, im im understanding his signals well, where he just goes right to sleep with little to no fuss. Also, in the last 2 weeks, since he was about 10 weeks, Ive started a bedtime routine. Some people might think its too early but I personally don't and it seems to be working. I get his dad to be part of it too, so that Griffin knows that both of us put him to sleep. At around 9pm, I have a bath with him, then dad puts on his diaper and pyjamas, then I nurse him and usually he either falls asleep nursing or dad takes him for burping and he falls asleep on dad and he puts him into his bassinet. If he wakes up, we pick him up right away so he is still sleepy and sway him back to sleep. In the last few days though he has started fussing around 8:00, so I run the bath right away and do it all a little bit earlier. He is usually down by 9:45. He wakes up usually twice between 9:45 and 8am. 

 

Anyways, we use a variety of means to get him to sleep but usually rocking his bouncy chair works the best. I find it really depend HOW we start the process that goes on whether he starts screaming or not. I hope some of that is helpful....

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