Yesterday, 06:05 PM
Hi and welcome and congrats on your first post. To answer this question:
The general answer is, that if baby is able to get enough milk to gain normally (6 or more ounces per week, generally) when nursing a lot, then nursing a lot is not hurting anything (as far as baby is concerned- I understand nursing still hurts you.) If baby is NOT able to get enough milk via only nursing, and needs supplements, then you may need to limit nursing sessions in order to find time to pump. The concern that a baby is "exhausting himself" is only if baby is nursing and nursing but not getting enough milk. And in that case the problem is that baby is not getting enough milk, not that nursing is more tiring or more stressful than other feeding methods, because it is not.
I would never suggest that a mom pump instead of nursing in this type of a situation.Any needed supplements (or pumping) should happen along side nursing. Nursing sessions can be limited, if needed, so you can find time to pump. But switching over to bottles instead of the breast even for a short time is not usually a good idea. For one thing, it does not solve the problem, because babies learn to nurse by nursing. And of course many babies become accustomed to bottles and it is hard to encourage them to nurse again.
Since you and baby are under the care of an IBCLC, and just had tongue tie treated, and are still having pain, I am wondering if you might want to get back in touch with her and see what she thinks....