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Leaving BF baby overnight

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elvislives2012 Thu 07-Feb-13 20:06:12

Can it be done? My MIL has offered to have DD overnight to give me a break but she's still waking at night for feeds <sob>. Is it ok to give her bottled breast milk overnight? I read somewhere that the 4am feed is crucial for my supply and it has a lot of lovely stuff in it at this time. Is it ok to miss? Has anyone done it?

KatherineKrupnik Thu 07-Feb-13 20:07:05

How old is baby?

iwillsleepagainsomeday Thu 07-Feb-13 20:07:59

Why would you do it? Genuine question.

iwillsleepagainsomeday Thu 07-Feb-13 20:08:32

I wouldnt and havent until they slept through

Lostonthemoors Thu 07-Feb-13 20:09:04

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KatherineKrupnik Thu 07-Feb-13 20:10:54

If baby is small you will have to wake up & pump to save you from discomfort.

When mine was small - less than 4 months - occasionally i would leave DP a bottle, & go to sleep at 8 in the spare room, he'd wake me about 1 to do the rest of the night.

Had a night away at 7 months & had to pump frequently for comfort.

Lostonthemoors Thu 07-Feb-13 20:15:40

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KatherineKrupnik Thu 07-Feb-13 20:20:09

It's bloody galling waking up to spend time with a pump when you could be asleep!

elvislives2012 Thu 07-Feb-13 20:43:45

Sorry missed the vital details. She's 16 weeks old. Hadn't really thought about having to pump overnight so it sounds like it may be pointless.
It was an offer made in good faith but made me feel like I should be doing it. She did the same for my SIL but my nephew was FF. I'm not sure I feel comfortable with it tbh but I also know someone from my BFing group who has done it

Lostonthemoors Thu 07-Feb-13 20:48:35

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KatherineKrupnik Thu 07-Feb-13 21:33:04

It's a really nice offer as long as it is something that you feel would work for you. Personally it wouldn't have worked for me & my breastfed babies but it might work for others. I think it would be a great idea to harness her enthusiasm in other ways that might work better for you - for example if she stayed overnight & looked after baby in the morning while you napped?

elvislives2012 Fri 08-Feb-13 00:41:52

Thank u everyone. I wasn't sure if I was being a bit PFB about it. although part of me really wanted someone else to do the night feeds grin I may suggest she helps out in other ways. She's quite keen!!

Lostonthemoors Fri 08-Feb-13 08:03:09

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thehumanegg Fri 08-Feb-13 12:03:22

Even as a ff'er, I wouldn't have wanted this. Don't feel bad for turning down nice offers.

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