Good or bad for supply

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Registered: 02-10-2014
Good or bad for supply
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Wed, 02-12-2014 - 12:18pm

Ok so twice last night 2AM and 5AM feeinds my LO woke up while I was in the middle of pumping. She was getting pretty agitated at 2 so my husband brought her to me and I stopped pumping got her situated with her bottle and then resumed pumping again. I only stopped for like three minutes.  At her 5AM feeding I heated her getting restless and stopped pumping and got her situated with her bottle and resumed pumping. I had stopped this time for about five minutes. Will this hurt my supply that I stopped and then restarted?  I'm thinking it won't because it is acting like a supply and demand phase but I could be wrong. Let me know what your thoughts are!!

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Registered: 10-18-2013
Thu, 02-13-2014 - 1:17am

I think the worst part of exclusively pumping is when your baby cries while you are pumping! :( I am not very good at interrupting my pumping sessions. I have tried to feed baby and pump at the same time and it has never worked for me. She ends up pulling the tubing, hitting the bottles, etc. And I don't think she likes that I can't hold her close. 

But I would think that if anything, interrupting your pumping sessions and resuming may actually increase your supply. It seems similar in a way to "power pumping," which is a way to increase your supply where you pump on and off,  on and off. 

For awhile, I always tried to wake up at night before my baby because I got so anxious when she woke up and was hungry, but yet I felt like my boobs would explode. But then I would still be anxious that she would wake up and cry while I was pumping. I would try to be very quiet. But then again sometimes I would pump and anticipate her waking up shortly, she would not wake up, and then I was waking up more often at night than necessary. So I have settled into the routine (and my body has adjusted) to waking up when she wakes up...feeding her...and then pumping afterwards (regardless of what time this happens).

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Registered: 02-10-2014
Thu, 02-13-2014 - 8:13am
At first first I had to pump and then feed so I know what you mean about being anxious. Then I realized if I intentionally woke up before her I could pump and SLEEP (just have to set an alarm). Just yesterday I started letting her wake on her own at night so I would pump and feed. She is ok with it because I feed her in her boppy lounger on my lap so she's close but not at my chest.
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Registered: 02-16-2014
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 9:39am
The joys of pumping. If I can, I try to wake up before her.. it may lead to waking up more times, but it's my quiet time as well