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How do you manage nights when breastfeeding?

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I am a first-time mom, breastfeeding and love it. The only problem I have is during the night. My daughter, bless her, has been sleeping throughthe night since 6 weeks but I still have to get up in the middle of the night because of engorgement. I go to bed around 11p and wake up between 4 or 5a because of how uncomfortable I am. I usually will pick her up and she'll wake up just enough to feed on one or both sides. Sometimes I'll just pump. How have others managed this? I don't want to risk decreasing my milk supply by not pumping or feeding in the middle of the night (plus it's so uncomfortable I don't think I could if I wanted to!). Thanks for any input from more experienced moms!

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I had the same issue with my oldest daughter. Unfortunately you have to get up and pump. I kept the pump right by my bed, and would pump until I felt better, and then put every  thing in the fridge. I pumped every 4 hours.
I would feed my daughter at about 10pm, wake up at about 2 am feed her, then i would be okay until about 530 when my husband would wake up to go to work and feed her again. you just have to have the motivation to wake up which can be a pain in the A. Or just pump everytime you wake up.
Since your daughter is already on a good sleep schedule I would just pump when you wake up, but only pump enough to relieve the pain. Your body will adjust to your daughter's natural feeding schedule eventually and you should be able to sleep through the night without becoming so engorged.
What made and still makes breatfeeding easy for me is to pump, then set the clock and feed my baby every 4 hours and she drinks 4 or 5 oz.

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