Today, 06:14 AM
:( Mama, I am so sorry that you are in such a rough place that you can't even watch your baby get a bottle. i know that it is very hard the first few times- I remember when I needed to give my oldest a bottle of formula, and I felt AWFUL. It felt like I had failed as a mom and a woman, all within 2 weeks of having a baby. It does get easier, I promise. Try to see the bottle as a tool that is helping you meet your breastfeeding goals and your goals as a mom.
If you are going to exclusively pump, the ideal set-up is to have a hospital-grade pump. The PISA is a good pump but it is prmarily designed for the working mom who is relying on it only part of the time. If it's all you can get, that is okay! I would simply suggest looking into getting a hospital-grade machine, especially right now while you are trying to build supply.
The best way to increase supply with a pump is to pump frequently and to empty the breast as much as possible when you do. Supply is created by demand, so every time you remove milk from the breast, your body gets a message to make more. This seems counterintuitive to a lot of moms- they think "Well, if I let the milk build up, there will be more to pump out". But letting the milk sit in the breast will cue the body to reduce production. So you are aiming to pump as many times as realistically possible in a 24-hour period. 8-10 or more pump sessions per day, with some taking place overnight, would be excellent. That is what I did when...