Q&A: OK to Wake Baby to Eat?

My baby is sleeping longer at night, but I'm waking up in pain. Is it okay to wake up my baby to eat if I'm getting engorged?
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ByNancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Feb 2017
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You betcha. Don’t feel bad about waking baby when you need relief. You have just as much of a right to wake him as he has to wake you. If you would rather leave him sleeping though, you can pump a small amount to ease the pressure. Don’t worry: This adjustment period is temporary. Your body will soon adapt to baby’s new sleeping habits, and you won’t feel so engorged at night.

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