Hi there! My boy is sleeping longer at night and exclusively breastfed. In fact two nights ago he slept 6.45pm-7am! Needless to say my boobs were sooo full and painful in the morning. I'm concerned about this potentially affecting supply. Has anyone got any advice? Or did anyone encounter any problems with this?
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14-06-2014 11:25 #1
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14-06-2014 12:05 #2Member
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How old is your LO? I've read somewhere that while breastfeeding is the sole source of nutrition to not go longer than 9-10 hours without a feed or expressing to keep supply up. That said, everyone's body is different. Also, you don't want to be so full that you risk mastitis or blocked ducts.
What I normally do is express before I go to bed and if I'm still feeling really full in the morning, I will express the first letdown before feeding him.
It's great that he's sleeping so well though! My son has started to stretch his night time sleep as well, but not consistently.. Which makes it a bit of a guessing game for me whether to express before I go to bed or not!
14-06-2014 12:07 #3
DS2 began sleeping through 7-7 at 12 weeks. Apart from being full and sore in the morning my supply settled down and myy boobs adjusted. Enjoy the sleep!
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14-06-2014 12:23 #4
Dd would sleep 9-11 hours from about 4 weeks. She made up for it during the day feeding 1-2hrly then cluster feeding in the late afternoon for about 3hrs. We have only ever had over supply issues. Glad I got that sleep when I did as the 4 month sleep regression hit us hard and it has taken until 13 months when I night weaned for her to get a decent sleep overnight. She is almost 15 months now and has only sttn a handful of times since 4 months. So if your happy, bubs is happy and your breast are happy make the most of it!
14-06-2014 12:25 #5
I agree - enjoy the sleep Your supply will adjust within a few days.
My 2 slept through from a very young age, and I only expressed to relieve some of the pressure during long overnight periods if I was absolutely bursting and couldn't sleep.
As another poster said, keep an eye out for mastitis.
14-06-2014 14:27 #6
DS is just over 5 months. I had mastitis a few weeks back as my son had a terrible cold and feeding terribly because he couldn't get his breathing sorted. Poor thing. So I'm on the lookout for it.
I'm concerned about my supply but I shouldn't really worry do you think? I pretty much demand feed which works out to be every 2.5 - 3 hours through the day, roughly. My let down and flow is quite strong. I'm trusting my gut here and saying my body will get used to it. As it's only early days of longer night stretches I might just take your advice and do a comfort express session before I go to bed.
As for enjoying the sleep, oh it was awesome the other night. I did wake at around 4 am because of my boobs. Took me a while to get back to sleep. But it was lovely, and this being my second bub I know how quickly things change so I'm certainly not calling it just yet!
Thanks for helping ladies!
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