Okay, just need to have a few things clarified with pumping! I only need to give my son a bottle occasionally, so I have a few questions.
1. I know that it is best to pump at the same time as a bottle is being given, but when is the best time if that's not possible? Here is an example: I attend a mothers group twice a month. It usually lasts 2 hours or more and my son is in the nursery. I give them a bottle so I can be able to attend the group and not have to leave to nurse him. I usually nurse him before we leave the house and then he wants to eat again when we get home (it's a half hour drive each way). He likes to eat frequently during the day, so it's hard to hold him off. So I can't pump during the group when he gets the bottle and I can't pump when we get home since he wants to eat. So I end up pumping right after he eats. Then I get barely an ounce, so it doesn't make up for what he ate. I also have a similar situation when I leave him with my parents once a week. So, long story short, I end up pumping several times throughout the week to make up for the few times when I leave him. Is this normal? Is there a better way to do it?
2. My second question is this, I had to EP for a while and when I did that I was able to pump more than I can now in a session since I BF. I think this is normal because I was told a baby gets more out than a pump. But I was surprised the other day when I pumped barely an ounce and a half total and I hadn't BF for almost 2 hours. From pump to pump I would get more than from BF to pump in the same amount of time. Does that make sense? Is this normal? Or should I worry about supply?
Thanks in advance!!!