For the first time I let my husband do the first night feed with the aim of having a longer sleep.
I've been expressing breast milk for a few weeks now but not on a daily basis, just whenever I've had the time. I usually express after the first feed in the morning and then at 9pm at night (my baby is now almost 8 weeks and we aim to have him in bed by 7pm).
So this night he went to sleep at 7pm and slept until 1am (usually he wakes somewhere between 11pm and 12am). My husband did the feed and our good little baby went back to sleep as normal. But the plan for me to sleep longer hasn't worked. I also woke when baby started crying (which I obviously expected) but I couldn't go back to sleep because my breasts were so full. Eventually I had to get up anyway with the discomfort and here I am at 2.30am expressing milk to relieve the fullness.
Am I missing a trick here? How can I let someone give my baby a bottle without having to also express at the same time? I'm also confused how this is supposed to work when I leave the baby with family/friends for the afternoon and they do the feed with EBM. Am I supposed to express milk during this period too to maintain my milk supply?