I'm working 3 days a week and pumping for my 4 mo DD while I'm away.
She typically only takes 3.5 oz bottles 3 times while I'm out of the house, about 7a-5p. I nurse her when I get home, and a couple more times that evening, and then once in the middle of the night, and then in the morning before I leave. So she nurses 5x and gets 3 bottles on a day that I work. She is gaining weight just fine, but I worry that she should be taking more than 3.5 oz. from the bottle at a time.
The other thing is that I pump 3x/day when I'm at work and produce at least twice what she consumes while I'm away, sometimes even 3 times what she takes. I'm really grateful I have a good supply, but it is a pain to scald and store all that extra milk. (I have a lipase issue, and need to scald if she isn't taking it w/in 24 hours.) On a couple of occasions, I've been super busy at work and only gotten 2 pumping sessions in. I seem to produce the same amount whether I pump 2 or 3x per day. I'm thinking about switching to regularly pumping 2x/day. I suppose the only reason I don't is because I'm worried that in time, I might not produce enough, which is silly given that it seems I pump the same, plus I pump more than she needs. I've heard there can sometimes be a drop in supply when the baby hits 6 months- which will coincide with my full time return to work, so I guess I'm worried about the future. But if I have such oversupply, maybe this also means that adding in a session if it drops too much won't be an issue?
So, 1) should I be worried about DD not taking more?
2) Do you think pumping 2x a day is a bad idea?
Thanks in advance, I would really appreciate any thoughts or comments on this!