October 7th, 2014, 06:44 AM
Our daughter is 7 weeks and we've been mostly pumping though I still have hopes of primarily nursing. (Initially late milk production and low supply, then high palate despite excess supply, then flow preference, now low supply due to plugged ducts, and also now on antibiotics for a possible "subclinical" infection causing the repeated plugs...) We're still comfort nursing and alternating between breast/bottle when possible, but I have nowhere near enough supply to keep her happy. We had some milk frozen from my brief period of oversupply, so she's been fed nothing but breastmilk for the last 6 weeks, but we're running out quickly.
Tonight was dad's second try at "night shift", and this morning is my first day back to work, part-time. I woke up overnight to pump and found that he had fed her the regular 4 oz bottle at 10pm and the next 4 oz bottle at midnight. She still wanted more. Usually these would have gone at roughly 11pm and 3am. She's obviously in a growth spurt based on everything else, but I've got two concerns:
1) Is feeding too much at one time from bottles going to literally stretch out her stomach? She's done better at nursing lately, but I'm only pumping a max of 3.5-4 at a single session, and that's with a great deal of compression/massage. Sidenote: We're using Kiinde bottles which at least force her to try to get the milk out a bit - they don't "drip" milk out at all without some effort. It still seems easier than getting milk out of me...