3 Weeks Old: Baby, Mom, and Breast Pump Giveaway

Happy Friday!

Before I forget, thanks to everyone who was entered the essential oils giveaway last week.  The winners were Jenny W. (Lemon Essential oil) and Christine Y (Peppermint Essential oil).  Congrats! Please email me with your address so I can have those sent out.

So on Monday, baby J was 3 weeks old already! I wanted to give another little update on how we’re doing.

At our appointment on Tuesday, she was up to 8 pounds, 13 ounces (her first appointment 5 days after birth she was down to 6 pounds, 6 ounces).  I was so curious about her weight as I’m exclusively breast-feeding and want to make sure she’s getting enough in these first few weeks.  She also grew 1.5 inches. Whew- some of the mom stress gone!

3 weeks old

She’s definitely “waking up” a bit more and sharing a little more of her personality, but is generally an easy going baby.


I’m still waking her most days on the 3 hour mark for her to eat.  She’s a sleepyhead! Then she stays awake for about an hour and drifts off again.  Actually, I wish I could say she “drifts off” – she’s starting to fight naps, so we’re rocking, trying the pacifier, or she’ll sometimes crash in the car.  Whatever it takes. The Moby wrap is the one place where she will fall asleep without any fussing.


In the past week, she’s been ready for bed by 7 or 8pm! This feels way too early for a newborn (to me) but there’s little we can do to keep her up.  The downside is that I miss out on the bigger chunk of her sleep, as she’s ready to eat again by midnight.  I am going to start doing a “dream feed” when I go to bed at 9 or 10pm but she’s so hard to wake up and I’m exhausted by that point, so this hasn’t happened yet.  Maybe tonight?

Most nights I’m getting up twice with her.  Once around midnight or 1am, and again around 4am.  We’re all up for the day when L pops into our room, usually by 6:30am.

However, the last few nights have been rocky with her waking closer to every 2 hours! She’s going for 3 hours stretches between eating in the day, so I’m wondering if I need to work to keep her up more in the day time? We had a really fussy, gassy night earlier in the week and then she slept most of the next day other than feedings, so I’m wondering if we messed up her day/night awareness? Last night she was wide awake from 3-5am like she thought it was morning. I’d love any tips!


I was feeling really good until yesterday. The broken sleep is finally affecting me and I’m starting to feel like a walking zombie. But I’m trying to get a catnap each day when my 4 yo watches a short show, so that helps.

I’m easing back into exercise and getting out for a slow run about every other morning and usually doing a short strength workout at home on the in between days.  My energy is pretty high, but my pace is very slow right now.

39 weeks vs 10 days post partum

39 weeks and 10 days post partum

I dropped back to my usual weight within two weeks but then gained a few right back.  This happened last time too- my body realizes it’s breast feeding and insists on keeping an extra 5 pounds or so around. That’s what I expected.

My body shape is obviously a bit different and I have a little belly but I am fitting back into most pre-pregnancy clothes.   I’m pretty content with where I’m at and am not interested in cutting calories or doing anything to change it.  I know I’ll get back to normal in time.


I’m feeding baby J at least every 3 hours, sometimes more frequently when she’s not napping well and demanding food.  (I think we hit the 3 week growth spurt last weekend!) I’m also pumping a few times each week.  I try to use it after she goes to bed or first thing in the morning if I know she’s eaten enough from one side and I want to pump the other.  I’m slowly building a freezer stash which gives me some security for nights when I have coaching calls or when we want to get out for a date (eventually!)

I was only working very part-time after L was born and used a simple manual pump for the rare occasions I needed it.  This time, Ameda reached out to me and asked if I’d like a double electric pump- um, yes, please!!

It’s been working out well.  This one is much more efficient than my manual pump, and I’m usually done in 15 minutes.  I added the massage cushion (like this) from my other pump to make it more comfortable and that’s been perfect.  The pump came with a few bottles so I typically pump into those and then transfer it into freezer bags.

Ameda has generously offered to give a double breast pump to one of my readers as well.  If you are an expecting mom or know an expecting mom who could use the pump, you can enter below.

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Also, if you are a United Healthcare member, you may be able to get a free Ameda pump through Target- check out the details here.

Moms who breastfed, did you use a pump at home or at work?

Help- I’d love tips to help baby J remember how to sleep at night and less during the day!


64 thoughts on “3 Weeks Old: Baby, Mom, and Breast Pump Giveaway

  1. She gorgeous! Mine grew enormous on bf too -funny how that happens even when it doesn’t seem like their eating THAT much.

    I think she’s probably too young to try keeping her up during the day more, although I know I had that thought when mine weren’t sleeping at night but it’s probably too early for it to work. That’s nice that she goes to sleep early though, I always had newborns that wouldn’t sleep until midnight and then would still wake up every 2 hours. I think you’re doing great!

    I used a breast pump with all 3 of mine for different purposes, but it was a lifesaver.
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  2. I followed babywise for my little ones:
    Eat (30 minutes)
    wake (15-30 minutes)
    sleep (1.5-2 hours)
    My 1st daughter was formula fed and started sleeping 8 hour stretches at 9 weeks.
    My 2nd daughter (shes 3 months old now) is breastfed and started seeping 8 hour stretches at 6 weeks.
    Good luck! Longer nights are coming soon!

  3. It sounds to me like everything is going rather smoothly. Sorry to hear you aren’t getting a lot of extra sleep but at least the cat naps are helping! I know my brother struggled with their child sleeping at night as well.

  4. She is so adorable!!! You look great and I really hope you can get the sleep you need mama. Just remember that this too shall pass :-) As for breast feeding…with the twins I was determined to do it, even though there were two of them. Well, I lasted three weeks. It was just way too hard. I was either feeding or pumping at any given moment and I couldn’t keep up!!
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  5. It sounds like you are doing great! Every baby is different on sleep, just do the best you can to get some rest and take care of yourself. Having a double electric pump is awesome — I would also highly recommend a hands free nursing bra if you are going to pump much at all. They’re only like $25 on amazon (or just can cut slits in an old sports bra). If you’re going to be pumping while at work, the book The Milk Memos is really great for support and ideas about how to make pumping easier, lists of stuff you need, etc.
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  6. I’m expecting and I’ve heard great things about Babywise and Happiest Baby on the Block and plan to read them before Baby Girl gets here. I’m due in December and plan to nurse so this post is extra helpful and I’m definitely going to enter for the Ameda pump :) Glad to see everyone is doing well!

  7. Thanks for so candidly sharing your experiences! I’m due in March and am so thrilled to find other women and moms who inspire me on my running endeavors.

  8. i’ve pumped since day 2 and now that i’m back at work i pump 3 times while there – an extra pump to leave at school would be amazing so itz one less thing to tote back and forth everyday!
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  9. My sweet baby boy is 5 weeks old and I’ll be returning to work in about a month. I will be pumping for the first time soon to build up my supply…nervous!

  10. My guy turns 5 months on sept 3 and we’re still going strong with the breastfeeding and pumping! I went back to to work when he was 8 weeks, so I pump 2-3 times a day. Right now, we’re struggling with the 4 month sleep regression – I need help with that!

  11. First time pregnant and I want nothing more than to bond with my baby and be able to breastfeed. I plan on going back to work after the baby so pumping will be a must! Congrats on your new little precious one. So sweet!

  12. OMG the three week growth spurt nearly killed me on the nursing/sleeping front. lol I swear it. All I did was feed him nonstop and never slept but at least they were eating and gaining tons, right?! I don’t know from much sleep during those first few months so I have little advice to offer on how to get the baby to sleep more at night. Nursing babies tend to be up more often from what I know but eventually it does all even out. I had the Medela pump but I swear I fed him so much in the beginning that I never had much left (or much time) for the pumping. It’s great that you are building a freezer supply. My best friend was the queen of the milk supply in the freezer which made it much easier to have me watch her daughter so she could get a break!
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  13. Well, mine never had a great schedule until probably over a year. Didn’t matter what we did, he never followed. Dream feed? Bah! He didn’t like those ever. I do have a pump from the first pregnancy but reading all these reviews on it, the longer you haven’t used it the more chance there is mold in the system and then the suction will be off and that makes me worried. I don’t want to buy a new one but don’t want to be without one!
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  14. I’m 30 weeks pregnant with my first (hooray!) and will likely be returning to work full time (or at least part-time) after maternity leave. I’m absolutely hoping to breastfeed, so I’ll be lugging the goods back and forth 😉 Just hoping we can still nurse in the mornings and evenings to get some of the quality time in! Bracing myself for a difficult/painful first few weeks, but looking forward to the experience :)

  15. I pump at work and am still using the same used pump that was given to me with baby #1. I could really use a new one. Pumping at work isn’t too hard, like anything once you get a routine going it seems easier.

  16. You’re doing great and look amazing! And I totally remember that 3-week mark with my kids–both went through growth spurts and it’s also that time when the exhaustion sets in. I hope it passes quickly for you in that regard. She is beautiful!
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  17. I wouldn’t try to keep her up longer during the day. Good sleep in the day should make good sleep in the night possible, and an hour total of wake time (counting feedings) is all most babies that age can handle regularly. I would leave the blinds partially open in the day though because the natural light will help her regulate her circadian rhythm and figure out days and nights. I do think the dreamfeed could be helpful for you unless she really just won’t wake up enough to eat until she is good and ready. You could also pump right before you go to bed at 9 or 10 and let your husband take that first night feeding with a bottle :) She is beautiful, and you look great! Enjoy!

  18. I used a manual pump with my 1st and 2nd, and it was more difficult with my 2nd. That’s why this time around (3rd pregnancy) I’m definitely investing in a good quality electric pump!

  19. I have really only manually pumped and never gotten much, only a few ounces! Since I haven’t needed bottles, i haven’t done much at all. But I have a friend who is adopting so I would like to build up a stash for her!
    I haven’t been able to keep my kiddos awake during the day, but most of my babes did the cluster feeds until 10 or 10:30. I have heard of some moms going to bed with their kids so they get that uninterrupted sleep too. Hard to do with other kids though! She will probably get adjusted soon.

  20. You look great. When I breastfed. I pumped every few hours. Maybe about 3 times a day. It took a while to build my supply but it was worth it. My sister just had a baby today and I know she would love a quality breast pump.

  21. I feel your pain regarding infant growth spurts! My son just turned 3 months old, and he went from sleeping through the night to up every two to three hours. This, too, shall pass…

  22. I had such an oversupply of milk, I would have been lost without my electric pump. I tried a cheap manual pump and it was worse than expressing by hand. After my third blocked milk duct, I told hubby I didn’t care what it cost but we are getting a good quality electric pump.

    Sorry no tips of the night/day awareness. Our son just fell into it, I don’t think we did anything special.
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  23. For the day night mix up I found a few things worked with Summer, and at 3 months she is brilliant at night knock on wood. I only change her nappy at night if she poops and try to keep feeds in a dimly lit room. I try not to talk to her and just keep it quiet, calm and fast. I also (safely) co sleep with her sometimes if she is wanting to be up, I find she is happy to lay down with me sometimes rather than thencrib. I know co sleeping is not for everyone though.

    During the day I always change her nappy after the feed, talk and arouse her a bit. It is was hard at 3 weeks cause she was still so new and sleepy. Definitely by six weeks it gets easier as they really wake up. Also if younare wanting to keep her up a little later try bathing her before she crashes. Summer finds it calming, but obviously she can’t fall asleep during bath time. Sometimes she wants to crash for the night rohnd 5.30pm which is way too early, so I always bath her on those njghts.
    Sorry that was so long! Hope it helps and you get some rest x
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  24. She is such a beautiful little one. Love the pictures!!!

    I always found with my own girls that, if they wanted to sleep during the day, there was very little I could do to keep them awake. I just went with it… but I did always go to bed at 8 PM with the baby, during the first six weeks or so, just to maximize my own sleep. That meant Daddy handled dinner cleanup, bath and bedtime for the older kids by himself, but it was only for a short period of time, and I found it was essential for me to be able to function during the day taking care of all the kids and doing the little bit of working I was doing. Not possible for everyone to do it that way, but that’s how I solved the problem!!

    Good luck… just remember, everything is a phase :)
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  26. We are on #4 and I’ve nursed them all! Each has been a great experience but each as different experience! Love reading all the advice! Also can’t beat a great pump to help make breast feeding successful 😉

  27. Hi! My name is Vicki and I work for Ameda. Thank you so much for your kind review, we are excited to hear the Purely Yours (PY) is working well for you! Your new LO is gorgeous and your 10 day postpartum picture is amazing, way to go! On another note, we must inform you that the PY pump is not tested with any breast flanges or massage cushions that are not manufactured by Ameda, such as the one you mention you use with the PY. We cannot guarantee the effectiveness of our product when used with non-Ameda branded flanges. Ameda does offer 7 different flange sizes to make pumping comfortable. If you or any of your readers have any questions, please contact our ParentCare line at 866-992-6332, Monday through Friday from 8-5 CST. They are a great resource for product troubleshooting, flange fit and general questions! Happy breastfeeding, Vicki

  28. Your new little angel is so sweet! My first ate every three hours and was up twice at night. She didn’t start sleeping for longer stretches until about 4 months. I’m 31 weeks pregnant with my second. I breastfed my first and hated my pump. I’ve heard great things about Purely Yours and would love to try it!

  29. I’d love the pump to pass on to a friend! I pumped for over a year, and a hands free double pump was a necessity to make it possible.

  30. She is a doll!!! I’m with you on the little sleep. My little girl is 7 weeks :) I plan on pumping at work when I rerun a few weeks. Hopefully my body will keep up. This would be such a blessing!

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