I want so desperately to drop pumping all together. It is taking up so much time and I'm sick of being hooked up to a machine all the time. I have a former 28 weeker. She spend 65 days in the NICU and didn't care much for latching. She is now 5 weeks corrected and does a pretty good job...I think. She latches and sucks and swallows for about 15-20 minutes. I only put her on one side at a time because I have a pretty fast let down and I know she's tires out quickly from trying to keep up. Every time I put her to breast I pump the other side for 15 minutes-so my current system is not actually saving me any time and still requiring me to put my baby down to pump.
So, I am scared to death to drop the pumping because I live in fear that my supply will rapidly decrease. Right now I put her to breast about 2 times per day and bottle feed the rest because I also live in fear that she will not gain enough weight. Today I noticed that she has wet diapers after breastfeeding but not as wet as after bottle feeding. Also, the feeding after breastfeeding she seems starving. And when I pump at the next scheduled time I find I get a lot more out of the breast I fed her on-I think it's because she's not emptying it completely?? I feel like she's not getting enough but I don't know how to really tell. I am petrified to go to a breastfeeding group because I don't want her to get sick. Plus, I'm not sure my struggles relate to full term baby struggles because I had no choice but to pump in the beginning.
Any suggestions on how to transition without worrying about supply issues and hunger issues are welcome and appreciated.