How do you manage to sleep enough?
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|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?