Hello to all! I am new here, and am currently 37 weeks 4 days pregnant with our second son. Let me give a little background:
With our first son, he 9lb 0.5oz at birth. The nurses at the hospital were worried about his blood sugar levels because of his size, even though I had no signs of gestational diabetes or other complications. Unfortunately, it was after 11:00 a night, and the Lactation Consultants had all gone home for the evening. They ended up giving him formula because of this, and I was so worried that this would affect our breastfeeding relationship. It was awful, they gave him too much formula for his tiny non-elastic stomach, and he spit most of it up. I also think it affected how much he wanted to be at the breast. At the end, his blood sugar ended up being fine, and we were able to start a good feeding relationship after all (until we both got thrush, and I ended up Exclusively Pumping for 9 months... but that's another story).
That brings me to my current pregnancy and our second son. I do not want a repeat experience with the formula. When I contacted one of the Lactation Consultants at the hospital in the recent months, she suggested that at the end of my pregnancy to start pumping colostrum to bring with me to the hospital.
So... I started pumping the other day. I have been doing one session each day: pumping one side at a time with an electric pump 15 minutes on each side, two times each. The first couple days I got half an ounce! We're talking colostrum here, not mature milk. Yesterday and the day before, I got a full ounce each day! It was my understanding to not expect over a few drops, and it's measured by teaspoons, mL, or CCs. Has anyone experienced pumping this much colostrum, and why would I be producing so much of it? Don't get me wrong, I am happy for it, but am worried something is wrong (like placenta coming away from the uterine wall causing a drop in progesterone?).
Does anyone have any ideas or a similar experience? Please help! Thank you.