Re: Baby Who Eats A Lot! I Think?
- From: Jeanne <bridgemanyang@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 07:43:34 -0400
Penny Gaines wrote:
Here is the official schedule as it stands today:
9-10pm: I am in the "monitoring room" which is our guest room equiped
with the baby monitor. The safe room is our master bedroom without any
monitoring, this affords the person who is assigned to sleep a nice
3am: My wife wakes up and pumps her breasts (we are doing both formula
and breast milk for reasons that I choose to go into here). and then
come into the monitoring room and tells me to got to bed.
Does the baby wake up at 3 am? If not, then your wife can probably *not* pump then. It's an artificial nursing period (the baby doesn't need it). I did the same thing when DD was newborn but I had poor milk supply (and I also did both breastmilk and formula). I thought it would be smart to get more milk that way. But my midwife was horrified; she said getting sleep was more important to my supply than an extra pumping session.
As for sleep, we practiced "defensive" sleeping. Basically I slept whenever baby slept - in the morning, in the afternoon and at night. DH tried to keep a normal sleep pattern (he suffered from sleep apnea at the time) so his nighttime duties were minimal.
If your wife is breastfeeding, try to convert the night bottle feedings into nursing sessions. This will cut down on your duties (making up nighttime bottles). I found nursing much quicker than doing bottles.
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