I believe I have an oversupply. I have a 2 week old girl and I am EBF. She often chokes, coughs, and sputters while eating. She spits up very frequently. She also needs to be burped often. She has recently started getting the greenish stools, but not every time. It also takes a LONG time for my breasts to empty/feel soft. Often in the middle of the night if it's been 3-4 hours since she's eaten, my breasts are so huge and full I want to cry from the pain. I have started to do block feeding which I think is helping some.
My question is in regard to pumping. I am going back to work in 6 weeks and would like to start building a freezer stash. I also would like some milk to leave with a babysitting for being able to go out to dinner (probably not for another month or so though). However I am worried to start pumping because I fear it will only increase my supply even more, which I do not want! In reading the section in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding on Oversupply, it said the goal is to decrease your supply some to get it under control. I don't know how I can do that, and also pump, because it seems like the 2 are opposites.
Also in regards to pumping, I am confused about how much to pump. I read that most moms pump after the first morning feeding. So does that mean finishing off the breast your baby just ate from with the pump? Or do you pump the opposite breast? Or both breasts? And how much do you pump? Until the breast is emptied, or just for a few minutes or what? I am concerned because when my baby first wakes up in the morning she likes to feed about 2-3 times within the first hour, taking like 10 minute breaks in between. I always feed from the same breast for these feedings. So after that, I would think there would be hardly anything left to pump from that breast. But if I do the other breast, I feel like I would be empty on both sides--then what if she wants to nurse again? Additionally, I am worried to empty both breasts in fear it will increase my already-to-big supply.
Help! I feel so confused! And there are no LLL meetings or groups in my area.