How do you manage to sleep enough?

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How do you manage to sleep enough?
Thu, 08-23-2012 - 8:22am

I'm pumping 6 times a day (recently reduced from 8 to 7 to 6), and I get about 36 oz a day.  I saw a slight drop in supply from 8 to 6, as I used to get around 38-40oz a day, but it's been worth it for the extra time I get, and I still produce plenty for my LO.


I'm not unhappy with my pumping schedule, but I really need more sleep.  I'm the type of person who feels good only if I get about 7-8 hours of sleep in a row, and my baby is often going 7-8 hours these days (he's 4 months).  But with pumping, I'm not able to sleep that much myself.  I usually pump right when he goes to bed, so I get to sleep about 30 minutes after he does, and I try to wake up a little before he does so that I can finish pumping before he gets up.  I usually set my alarm to get up about 6.5 to 7 hours after my last pump, and he often wakes up just as I am finishing (or sometimes in the middle of it).


If he wakes up before this, it's not a big deal because I don't feel that full, but if I wait 7.5 hours and he wakes up and I can't pump until 8-9 hours after my last pump, I'm super uncomfortable.  Plus, I don't have a huge storage capacity, so I can only store about 12 oz, max.  If I got 7.5 hours, I usually get about 8-10oz in the morning.  If I go a little longer, I might get 11 or 12, but that's rare.


I don't want to lose supply, and I don't want to feel uncomfortable in the morning (and the baby usually needs at least an hour of constant attention after waking up), but I really need more sleep to feel sane!  Any thoughts?

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Registered: 05-16-2012
Sun, 08-26-2012 - 10:36pm

Did you try daytime naps? If you do it after noon it may help you feel better. Not work for everybody though.

Or you could try to wake baby up in the middle of the night pump and feed for 15-20 minutes, than baby might sleep much longer than without it. Hilda goes to sleep between 8 and 9 pm and if I don`t wake her in the middle of the night she would wake up between 6 and 7 am. But if I wake up her around 4 am for feeding she will often sleep up to 8-9 am.

Or you could try hit the swimming pool with baby. In my expirience it added about 2 hours of sleep in 24 hours :smileyhappy: a hassle but much worth it :smileyhappy: