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late night pumps

how do you make yourself get out of bed to pump at night if you're just going to a machine???? baby isn't home yet to nurse

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:37 AM on Dec. 7, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Well, for me it was a combination of knowing my son needed the milk, and discomfort for me if I DIDN'T get up.

    Sleep? I'll get plenty of that in the grave. It's the biggest bore in the world.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:47 AM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • I agree, it's not that I WANT to miss getting up to do it....but for the life of me I can't seem to remember shutting off the clock! And I've tried different clocks at different locals in the room.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 AM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • I kept my pump next to the bed... set your alarm and pump and go back to sleep. If you want you can even keep a cooler next to the bed so you don't have to make the trip to the fridge!
    Keep a picture of your little one on you night stand to remind you why you are up at 2 am!

    Answer by AmiJanell at 8:00 AM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • I didn't get up. I assume that your baby is in the nicu. The nurses in the nicu told me that if I would wake up on my own because of discomfort, great then get up and pump but if I didn't wake up that keep on sleeping. They said that I needed my sleep and when they baby came home there would plenty of time for getting up in the middle of the night. They were so right. It didn't affect my milk supply at all and I was more rested for when my baby came home.

    Answer by JamieLK at 8:51 AM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • I did it because I knew I had to. I knew that once my son was home, he'd be nursing at night, and I needed to make sure my body knew to have milk for those nursing sessions. Even though you are just going to a machine, remember that the end result is going to your baby.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 8:55 AM on Dec. 7, 2008

  • I exclusively pump. It is hard to get up at night to pump. Most nights I don't, and it hasn't affected my supply, I would suggest getting in an extra session or two in during the day, but wouldn't suggest going longer than 5 hours with out pumping. It is hard, but look at what the end result will be, your baby getting the best nutrition that you can provide. Good luck your doing a wonderful thing for your baby.

    Answer by coala at 1:13 PM on Dec. 7, 2008

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