October 23rd, 2014, 02:35 AM
When I brought my baby home from the hospital, I was dismayed to find that I couldn't sleep as long as him; I would wake up with uncomfortable breasts and often had to pump in the middle of the night for relief. Since I had way too much milk, I tried to only pump a little bit for comfort and not to drain my breasts. I often spent much of the night uncomfortable.
Eventually, as my milk supply settled and wasn't so excessive, I got into the pattern of just pumping before bed, right after the baby's last feeding, so I could sleep longer. I did drain my breasts.
Lately, as I returned to work two weeks ago, I've found that time is a commodity in short supply. So I've been trying to do without the bedtime pumping, and more often than not I manage to make it through the night without pumping.
Supply was never a concern when I was at home and exclusively breastfeeding. My child ate often (averaging closer to 1.5 hours than the typical 2-3 in the literature), but he seemed satiated, and I never had to supplement.
However, my 11-wk old child seems to be eating copiously from a bottle. Yesterday, my husband (who is taking two weeks off from work), fed him 20 oz. from a bottle. In the same day, I pumped only 10.5 oz. In a usual day of work, I think I pump about 12-15 oz., but he eats as much as 18. At this rate, I'll burn through my freezer stash in less than a month.