Hi there - I am looking for advice to better balance my pumping volume and schedule. My beautiful baby girl is 8.5 months old. My goal has been to nurse and/or pump a minimum of 7 times a day in an effort to be able to continue to provide all milk needs until my daughter is at least a year old.
Since I returned to work when she was 12 weeks old, my daily schedule during the week has been:
- 7:00a nurse
- 9:30a, 12:30p, 3:30p pump (while at work)
- 7:30p nurse
- 10:00p pump
- during the night pump once... time varies
(note - weekends I nurse exclusively)
During the week at daycare, each day my baby takes two 6-oz bottles, two 4-oz bottles plus another 4-oz bottle for making her cereal in addition to homemade food for breakfast and lunch... so each day I send 24-oz to daycare with her.
Right now, I am pumping 5-oz on average each time... so roughly 25-oz for the 5 times I pump during a 24-hour period.
I'm having difficulty with the middle of the night pump... to be honest, I am just so very tired and would love to sleep through the night but do not want to jeopardize the 5-oz I pump during that time. For a while I was pumping at 5:00a or so to get a longer stretch of sleep and found that I was able to pump up to 8-oz at that time of the morning however when I nurse at 7:30a, it seems my baby is not satisfied so I assume my body has not had enough time between pumping and nursing. I've tried shifting to anytime between 2:30-4:00a and usually pump 5-oz at that time. Long story short however - I do not get a good night's sleep which is wearing on me...
Any suggestions how to better manage my pumping schedule to allow more sleep time and/or how to increase my volume from 5-oz to 6-oz per pump?
Thank you - I really appreciate your knowledge and experience!!