Today, 02:07 PM
If I am understanding you correctly, your baby is/was nursing a normal amount of time, gaining fine, and then you were also pumping 6-7 times a day?????
That is going to be wearing on anyone. Also, breast pumps can harm and injure if they are ill fitting or not working properly. Even when the pump is working perfectly, it can cause issues due to excess fluid being pulled into the areola. Pumps are not babies and consequently, they create a different physiological situation when used than nursing does. This does not mean pumps cannot be used safely, of course they can. But the potential for harm from pumping must not be ignored.
Most mothers make plenty of milk and most babies get plenty of milk just by nursing. In other words, there is generally no need to pump while nursing. Of course, some mothers DO need to pump for various reasons, usually because their milk production is inadequate and consequently, baby is not gaining well, OR, due to separations. And some mothers choose to pump here and there in order to have someone else give the occasional bottle. The latter is ok, as long as you understand and watch out for the difficulties early bottles and pumping may cause.
However, if the only reason you were pumping so often is because a nurse told you to give your baby a bottle after almost every feeding(?!?) and baby was gaining fine without these supplemental feedings, then you were given advice from the nurse that is likely to exhaust you, hurt your breasts, and...