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Expressing breast milk for evening bottle and engorged breasts by am

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Ausmum123 Mon 24-Mar-14 06:21:36

My DD will be 6 weeks tomorrow and I've just started expressing a bottle of bm so my DH can do an evening feed and I can get an early night. It's been lovely having a few more hours sleep and my DD is only waking for one night feed. The problem is I have been waking up with engorged breasts since I've missed that extra feed. Perhaps expressing is also increasing my milk production too. My DD also only feeds for a several minutes at night and 'refuses' to wake up again for more so I may not be completely emptying my breast. I'm not sure what I can do to avoid this and whether I should go back to doing all the feeds or if there is a way for my DH to do that evening feed without me waking up feeling very uncomfortable. Has anyone got advice or experienced something similar?

fl0b0t Mon 24-Mar-14 08:53:22

It just takes a while for your body to adjust! I think in right in saying your body is still settling down. Annoying as the uncomfy boobs can be, you will be fine!

Chocolateteabag Tue 25-Mar-14 08:38:45

Yep - I have introduced a ff bottle to Ds2 for his 7pm feed a couple of weeks ago and took a week or so for my boobs to adjust (he's 14 weeks now)
It won't be long, but make sure you massage out any really lumpy bits in the meantime

PastaandCheese Tue 25-Mar-14 11:36:46

Counting down the days until DS is old enough for this! DD up at 6am after two DS night feeds so I really need to stop waiting for DS's 10.30/11 feed and get my head down. Encouraging to read it is working for you.

Can you make expressing the last thing you do before going to bed to bring it closer to the time you would have fed anyway?

I agree your body will adapt quickly.

Ausmum123 Tue 25-Mar-14 14:22:56

Thank you for the advice ladies. I've been expressing in the morning so I will try and do it later in the day to see if that helps. I'm hoping my breasts settle down soon and yes I'll keep massaging them to avoid any nasty blocked ducts.

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