My son is 14 weeks old now. He is exclusively breastfed. He nurses typically every 3-3.5 hours. I have been pumping since week 1 to have a supply of milk in the freezer for when I want to go out. My husband and I have gotten into a routine with Dusty that he gets a bottle of expressed milk once in the evening (typically his late evening feed, around 9:30 pm). Seems to be working well, he is sleeping well at night in the past week, and he is taking the bottle well. We decided to give him a bottle daily since when I was nursing my daughter if we didn't give a bottle for a few days she would stop taking it all together and we didn't want that to happen this time around.
We've had a few ups and downs in the past 3 months....Dusty and our entire family were sick in february with Influenza A (Dusty was hospitalized for 3 days), and we've had colds on and off. He started off gaining weight very well, and then due to the illnesses he went 1 week with no gain, 1 week with a 2 oz loss, but in the past 3 weeks he's gained 4 oz, 7 oz, then 4 oz again.
He seems content with nursing and with bottle feeding. In the evening he will drink about 4-6 oz from the bottle.
I was having no trouble pumping in the past, but in the past few days it seems like I'm not getting very much when I pump.....I always pump in the evening when my husband feeds the bottle, and I was getting 4-5 oz (from both breasts combined)....now it seems I'm only getting 1-2 oz. Dusty has started sleeping through the night in the past week but I'm not feeling very full in the morning.
I'm wondering if I can stop pumping in the evening when he gets his bottle and just pump first thing in the morning after I nurse him to make up that one bottle for the evening? Not sure if my supply in the evening is less since I"m no longer waking up 1-2 times a night to nurse him? Or maybe he is drinking more at his feedings and so I have less residual milk?
I would like to continue with the one bottle feeding at night.