Don’t Stop Breast Pumping at Night

We all wait for that perfect night when baby sleeps through the entire night.  Is it possible; will it ever happen?  Well, yes, believe it or not, in the near future your baby will probably begin to sleep through the night.

However, as wonderful as it may seem, if you are breast pumping, you probably need to continue to wake at least once at night to breast pump.  I know if sounds horrible, but most moms have found that as soon as they stop the night time pumping session, they soon find that their breast milk begins to decrease.

By the time your little begins to sleep through the night, you probably have gotten a good routine and timing when you breast pump.  A good schedule is to find 3-4 evenly spaced time intervals:

-          6am

-          3pm

-          Midnight

This kind of schedule will help you keep the breast milk flowing.  And remember that if you use some of these other breast pumping tips, then you will not have to be up longer than 15-20 minutes each night.

How often do you pump each day and do you still get up in the middle of the night?

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  1. My baby is 2 1/2 weeks and I’m pumping every four hours during the day and I give myself one six hour period in the night.

    I’m getting a lot of milk at each pumping (approximately 8 – 10 oz), but I’m a little worried about the amount of hindmilk that is coming out. Is there any way to tell how what is foremilk and what is hindmilk?

  2. Congrats for your new baby! With as much milk that you are getting, you are certainly getting plenty of hindmilk for your baby. When you are pumping there is not really a good way to tell how much you have of each. Within the first few minutes of pumping, you will notice that the milk is thin and bluish, once the hind milk starts coming out, the milk is thicker and more yellowish. But you seem to be doing a great job – keep it up!

  3. Hi,

    Thanks so much for your website. I’ve been pumping very successfully for almost 11 months since our son was born and he’s had almost an all excluisve braestmilk diet until we srated him on solids and some baby food at about five months (he’s off the charts for his age).

    Now I’m down to 6:00 am, 12ish noon, 5:00 pm and before bed, usually about 10:30-11:00. My little love still needs his bottle at bed and through the night he wakes up about two or three times and has anywhere from a few comfort sips to a half a bottle and falls back to sleep. I’m wondering if now would be the time to start phasing out the early morning hours feed so he learns to sleep through. He really prefer breastmilk over all other food so I’m hesitant. Any suggestions are appreciated and all my best to you. Cheers!

  4. well Im impressed at the wealth of information you have here, and I cant get even get anywhere close to 8 oz. Im at 2 oz per pump… My daughter is a month. 8 months readjusted.

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