I am exclusively pumping and I seem to have a million questions. Most importantly, how long should I be pumping each side?
I have been pumping 20 minutes each side. But everything I read says I should drain each breast. Here's the problem. I have a good flow for about 10 - 15 minutes and then it seems to stop. At that point my breast feels empty (not sure if I know how to tell, but it seems softer) but there is only about .25 oz of milk in the bottle. I keep pumping and around 18 minutes, the milk starts to flow again. If I stop at 20 minutes, the breast isn't drained. But if I keep going....OUCH.
I am pumping 8 - 10 times a day (every time she eats I pump) but I am not getting enough milk to feed her. We are supplementing with formula ( ) I'm getting 11-16 oz a day and she is eating around 22.5 oz.
So, how do I ever get my production up at this rate. I'm taking fenugreek, drinking Mother's Milk tea. I'm trying to eat well and get good rest. TRYING.
Any thoughts or advice are oh so welcome.