Just wondering how much milk does my 12.5 MO need? I am a working mother and having a hard time pumping enough this past month.
On the weekends LO nurses frequently, but only really takes all my milk in the am, before her naps and before bedtime and then is still nursing basically all nite long.
During the week my nanny has a very hard time getting her to sleep for naps and insinsists on 4.5 ounces bottles for the naps. I have instructed her to ensure she switches sides halfway through the bottle to slow LO down and we use NB flow Dr. Browns bottles. LO is cutting her molars, so she is especially hard to get to sleep these past few months- nursing or the bottle seems to be the only way. With 2-3 ounces before lunch and dinner I am really struggling to keep up as pumping 3-4 times a day I get only 8-10 ounces. My supply has really dropped this past month, I have started with fenugreek now.
Her schedule is something like this:
6:30-7 am - wake and nurse
7:30 - I try to nurse her before I leave (I was pumping as well at 7:30 but am really having a hard time these days)
10 am - 4.5 ounces, nap time (I pump)
12:30 − 2 ounces with lunch (I pump)
3 − 4.5 ounces (I pump) and nap
5 − 2 ounces with dinner
6:30-7:30 - nurse to sleep
9 - dream feed or she wakes and I nurse her again
AND THEN nursing all night long pretty much from 2-5 am
I tried cutting out her bottle before dinner, but then as soon as I got home she would nurse, take all my milk and I wouldn't have enough to put her to sleep at 6:30 − 7.
I am getting really tired of pumping, but really want to continue until LO self weans. Any advice? This lack of sleep and pumping is killing me!