My Jersey, Dawn, freshened 2 days ago. Tomorrow we will finally be able to use her milk! Yay! OK, here's the question. I had originally planned to lock her baby in the barn at night, and milk Dawn in the morning after I get home from work, then turn the baby out with her during the day. I've been letting the calf run with Dawn all day, up until now. Once a day (late morning) I have been milking her out real good. She doesn't mind letting down her milk for me, in fact I haven't even had to tie her up, just give her a bucket of grain to keep her occupied and standing in one spot. She's been a perfect angel! At night just before bed, I check her to make sure she's not overly bagged up or anything. The first day I milked her out at night too, but yesterday she wasn't that full, so I just left her alone. I'm wondering if I can't just leave things this way? So far, I'm getting plenty of milk from the morning milking to meet all our household needs. I realize her production will drop off after the first month, and eventually after the calf starts eating solid food, I'll probably have to milk her twice a day. But, they are just so gosh-darned happy together, I hate to have to separate them, even just for the night.