March 21, 2011

Attention All Mothers

Attention all mothers!
I need your help!

Amazingly enough, my son now sleeps all night. Every night. Joaquin hits the sack around nine or nine-thirty and doesn't wake up until six-thirty or seven. Sometimes it's even seven-thirty. At first this made me so so so so excited. Now I just need your help so I can stay that way, without being in pain.
How can any breast feeding mother be 100% excited about this? For ten hours my little guy isn't eating which makes it hard, literally. I was getting up in the middle of the night to pump. But what's the fun of having a baby who sleeps all night when you can't?! I don't want to have to get up in the middle of the night. This also means that my boobs become rock hard. Not cool.
How do women do it who don't have a breast pump? Like my mother for instance. She didn't have one. And she didn't wake us in the middle of the night for feedings once we slept all night. What do I do? Is there a way to "train" my body into only making milk during the day? Weird I know, I'm just so clueless!
Please tell me there's a solution!

So to all you mothers who have even the littlest thing to say, advice or what have you, comment here. Please! [I'm begging you!] If you don't have kids, you can still write to me here! Any advice or stories are welcome! Thanks ladies!

4 comments:

  1. Your body will eventually stop making so much milk at night it will take a few days but oince it realizes you don't need it, it won't make it! I remember when Gavin started sleeping through the night I'd pump right after his bed time feeding and be good till morning after my body regulated the milk makers.

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  2. the first couple nights might be tough...you might be uncomfortable and even leak....but it has to adjust to his new eating schedule. it'll get better. your body makes what you need so don't tell it you need more. its almost like weaning...but just for the nighttime hours..

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  3. I agree, your body will adjust on its own. In the meantime, DO NOT pump at night, because then your body will think that your baby is demanding more milk, and make more, which will just make your problem worse!!! Check out llli.org - it has tons of great info on breastfeeding, and there's probably a support group in your area.

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  4. another good site is kellymom.com

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