Today, 12:42 PM
I've been struggling to pump* enough milk during my work day to hand off to the sitter for the next day ( I average 8 ounces, baby is taking 10-11 ounces). Originally I assumed what I pump while away from him equals exactly what the baby needs, but then I've heard that pumping is not as efficient as my baby nursing so it is possible for him to need more than I am pumping.
I feel like the more I nurse him, the less I can pump, and the more I try to fit in extra pump sessions- the less I have to nurse him with. Our schedule looks like this: 6:30-7am- feeding with baby, 9:30-10am- pumping (3-4 ounces), 12-12:30pm- pumping ( 2-2.5 ounces), 2:30-3:00pm- pumping ( 1.5-2 ounces), 4:30- 5pm feeding 1 side only with baby, 5:30 bath followed by side 2 feeding ( he's asleep by 6:15pm), 9:30-10pm- pumping ( 2.5 ounces), 2am- feeding with baby 1 side only, 2:30-2:45am- pumping other side, 4am- feeding with baby 1-2 sides depending, repeat
Is he getting enough milk total when my night time production after work is only 1 ounce per side? He always takes more if offered ( breast or bottle ( when I'm away from him)) especially lately he's been sucking harder and faster and our last feed before bedtime he usually seems to be sucking really hard and getting very little, sometimes I can feel tiny pangs in my boobs from the sucking... he's got wet diapers, poops daily, healthy, happy, gaining weight ( still a peanut though) Baby boy is 18 weeks, about 14.5 lbs ( up from...