*sorry, i guess this should have gone in the pumping forum. I don't know how to move it...*
DD is 8.5 mos, 18-20 lbs (not sure, 9 mo visit is in a week or so). Very, very active and very healthy, never any weight or growth concerns.
I went back to work at 3 mos and have always done a dream feed early in the AM - like 5am - before I go to work. She used to go right back to sleep and sleep until 630-700 when DH would get her up for the day and take her to DCP. Normally she will nurse 1-2x during the night, besides the dreamfeed. Once she's up for the day, she will normally take a bottle (expressed bm) or nurse around 8-830, right before her AM nap.
Lately she is waking up more during the dreamfeed, and not wanting to go back to sleep, which at 5am is not a good situation. DH and I both have to be up and out of the house and building in an extra 60 mins to soothe her back to sleep is just not an option (believe me, we've tried). I thought I would start dropping the dreamfeed, and she could get that first bottle a little earlier. Well... we've been trying it, and she definitely wants that first bottle around 730, with no dilly-dallying! Unfortunately this means that I need to leave 4 bottles instead of 3 for a full day. I pump 3x/day at work.
No problem, I will just pump in the AM right when I wake up (when I would have been doing the dreamfeed), right? Wrong! I can barely get anything!!! Yesterday I pumped in the morning, and 3 hours after her bedtime nursing, and got less than 1 oz total! Now, that was using a hand pump, since I leave the motor to my "real" pump at work, but I have always been okay with the manual one before this (I use it occasionally at home). Especially early in the morning... I was fully expecting to get 3-4 oz. I have checked the membrane and the valve and they are good.
Anyone else have this happen? Should I just lug the big pump home every night, argh? I am juuuust pumping enough to meet demand as it is. Any suggestions would be welcomed, thanks!