Yesterday, 12:26 PM
If your plan is to continue to pump and give baby bottles part of the day, rather than nursing, it is important to understand the drawbacks and how to try to avoid them.
Over time, bottle feeding increases the chance that a baby will begin to lose interest in nursing. The more bottles, and the longer bottles are given, the more likely this is to occur.
Over time, the more breastfeeding sessions are replaced with pumping, the more likely it is that milk production will not be stimulated appropriately, leading to less milk production over time.
So the first thing to consider is whether the daily amount of bottles and pumping replacing nursing sessions can be reduced, so that nursing at the breast can be increased.
The next thing to consider is whether the pump is working efficiently enough. Even good pumps malfunction, need a part replaced, don't fit right, etc. Some mothers need to pump twice to replace one nursing session. Some moms need to add hand expression or breast compressions to pump sessions to make them efficient. Frankly your pump output sounds normal or high to me, but it always makes sense to make sure pump is working well.
The next thing to consider is how the bottles are given. To decrease the risk of breast refusal, it is vital that baby not be over fed with bottles. Unfortunately, it is very easy to do this. So you could consider using an alternative feeding method, or learn paced bottle feeding. Also, be aware of how large a typical meal is...