new to pumping & baby is 8 mos old
hi! i've been breastfeeding my little girl for 8 1/2 months now and this morning decided to pump for the first time ever. so! lots of questions and worries.
she's been sick the last day or so and although she's nursing ok even while sick, i guess all the extra sucking has ramped up milk production plus she didn't nurse much last night (but made up for it early this afternoon). anyhow, i woke up super-engorged, she nursed for a few minutes through a very clogged-up nose and then pulled off, but i had milk. without thinking about it much, i pulled out the manual pump and got 3 oz total from both breasts. it was kinda shocking since i tried to pump once before, at 3 weeks post-partum, and i barely got two drops after 10 minutes with an electric pump.
i'm a sahm so i don't want to start pumping a whole lot, and i'm lucky that i don't need to, but i figure it would be nice to have some extra milk. the problem is, i'm feeling a little conflicted about the whole pumping thing.. i think i might cry the first time i see her nursing from a bottle and not from me. even though it's my breastmilk and all. i know it's been frustrating to her dad to not be able to feed her, and it's been frustrating to me as well at times. still, i'm not sure what kind of pumping i want to do, and what i want to do with the pumped milk. only for emergencies? once a day?
also, we're doing baby-led weaning, and she's eating a bit every day, but it's pretty small amounts still, probably no more than a tablespoon or so day. i'm not worried because she's growing great, lots of diapers every day, and is a total joy of a baby. she nurses about every three hours during the day and at night, usually 2-3 times. i really don't want to mess up our nursing or sabotage my supply. probably i should pump after nursing, right? in the morning?
thanks for any advice and help ~ i'm so proud and happy that we've made it this far which makes me think why start pumping now? still, something makes me think it's time. i love love nursing her but maybe a bottle a few times a week would be ok.
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