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    Default Sleeping through the night and supply.

    My 10 week old DD has been doing progressively longer stretches of sleep since about 6 weeks. She used to wake once a night but in the last week has started sleeping 11 hours straight! 8pm-7am.

    She is exclusively breastfed so I'm a bit worried about how it will affect my supply. I pump in the morning after her feed as i'm so full. Also I use that milk to top her up at night before bed.

    Has any BF mums had supply issues when their baby's started sleeping though the night?

    I also realize as she is so young it could all change in a second so just enjoying it while it lasts .


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    My dd slept through the night for long periods (8+ hours, warming up to 12 hours) from about 3 weeks of age. It didn't affect my supply at all ... mind you she would feed 2 - 2.5 hourly during the day which was hard work! She fed well til 16 months ... enjoy the sleep!

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    Thanks Mim1 I'm hoping to BF till 18months so that's reassuring to hear. Did your boobs stay really full in the mornings after a big sleep or did they adjust ?

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    My second bubs started doing 7pm to 5am from about 12 weeks (he did that till he was about 5.5months, but now wakes between 12 and 3 at least once, sometimes twice.

    But I was advised to express about 10/10:30 at night just before I went to bed - I wouldn't get much every time (night time is when you'll get the least), but it shortened the time between feeds and the added stimulation helped maintain my supply.

    Also, just keep an eye on your baby's weight to make sure they are still gaining ok.

    Hope the good sleep continues for you.

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    Thanks Shy

    Good idea I think I'll express once she's down for the night. It'll help build a freezer stash if nothing else!

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    DD1 slept through from a similar age. I used to pump right before I went to bed (around 10pm) then if I felt full still after her first feed in the morning I would pump again. I fed her till 11 months with no supply problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueLips View Post
    Thanks Mim1 I'm hoping to BF till 18months so that's reassuring to hear. Did your boobs stay really full in the mornings after a big sleep or did they adjust ?
    They adjusted after a few days fine. I really had no supply issues at all. My dd continued to track along above the 97th percentile for weight & height ...

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    My daughter went for a week or so of sleeping through at about 12 weeks, now she's 20 weeks and either sleeps 9-12 hours OR wakes twice for a feed through the night. My supply is always exactly what she needs, though I'm pretty uncomfortable in the morning when she has slept all night!

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    it's so hard to know isn't it. My DS (who is 12 weeks) was feeding 2-3 hourly around the clock (demand fed) but then about 3 weeks ago he started stretching out his feeds all of a sudden so usually does 7-11 or 12 and then another feed at 3 or 4 am. My supply didn't adjust very well and i ended up with mastitis because i had too much milk. I think now i've adjusted but i have so much milk after 5 or 6 hours. I was worried that my supply might go down as he feeds a lot more during the day than the night now, but it seems to be ok for now.

    Maybe just see how you go and if you feel like you have less you could do a pump at night as suggested. Dreamfeed's are great too.

    Great you have a good sleeper though

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    My 14 wk old dd sleeps between 8-10 hrs overnight and has been since around 8 weeks, I found that my supply adjusted to suit when she was feeding the most although my boobs are really full first thing in the morning she usually feeds from both when she wakes up so I don't have an issue. She is a chubby happy baby so she's definitely getting enough!

    I also feed on demand, so I don't know if that makes any difference?


 

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