Posted in Breastfeeding, Pumping

Breastfeeding Mommas...what do you do about engorgement once your baby starts sleeping thru the night (12hrs straight)? Do you wake up to pump? Or do you let your body adjust eventually? How long does that take? My 5mo. daughter feeds at 7pm then goes to bed, then I pump at 9ish and she usually wakes at 1-2am. Last night I woke at 3am and she was still sleeping but I was so engorged I fed her. I felt silly since most mothers pray they can sleep thru the whole night!

  • Anne
    Feb 15, 2018

    I've heard different things from different people. My supply dropped when my baby started sleeping through the night, so I did wake up to pump. I just did 15 minutes to ease the engorgement and went back to sleep. Lucky you with a good sleeper!

  • Jaime
    Feb 15, 2018

    I would say to pump enough to relieve the pressure but not enough to empty your breast (will just signal your body to make more). So maybe 5-10 minutes. Assuming baby is truly transitioning to sleeping through the night your milk will adjust but it could take a week or so.

  • Jess
    Feb 15, 2018

    I think everyone is different. I used to pump when my daughter slept through the night because I had to go to work and needed to leave her enough milk to last til I came home. With my son I stayed home and did not pump. If you are super engorged and don’t care if your production dips over night I would just hand express a little until you feel more comfortable and go to sleep.