Hello, I am a new mom of a very healthy baby boy who, until very recently, has had no trouble breastfeeding.
History: In fact, he has always been at the 95th percentile for weight at his doctor visits. I went back to work a few weeks ago and have been trying my best to keep up with pumping (actually, I try to work from home at least two days a week so I can feed him directly). He has been feeding one breast about every three hours and taking in about 3 oz each feeding (at least thats about what I can get from pumping and how much filled him when he had breast milk from the bottle).
Concern: These days, he can top off 4 oz each feeding, but I am struggling to get more than 1-2 oz sometimes when I pump. I also don't feel like my breasts are filling up as often or as much as they used to (size DD). I have a hard time sometimes telling if he is getting enough milk out of me and he is feeding for longer periods of time, where he used to come off at 10 minutes like clockwork. I am not sure how else to explain it, but I just feel like my breasts are dryingy up for some reason. Am I nuts? Any suggestions? I think I will try pumping the breast he does not feed from every time I feed him and see if that helps.
Does anyone have any books that might address this topic, and also what occurs when you stop breastfeeding in general?
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer!