first post. i have been creeping on these forums for months researching to prepare for the arrival of our third child. all of my answers so far had been answered without needing to create an account so thank you all so much for your help. because of you i was finally able to successfully breastfeed our baby. first time! and i am loving it.
our daughter is now 7 weeks old and is happy and healthy and growing and growing.
she only nurses for 9 minutes tops but my milk flow has been fast and furious so i am not worried that she has been getting enough milk.
i had major issues with over supply at first and sadly i was pumping and chunking. i could seriously slap myself now because i just didnt realize what i was doing/wasting.
i just assumed id always be producing extra and could save when i needed.
and now i NEED it! and i cant make it
she nurses about every three hours during the day and then 3.5 to 4 hours at night. i guess my body has finally leveled off and figured out how much it needs to make because there is no more full feeling or leaking so i guess that means no more extra to pump?
i attempted to pump this morning after her feeding and only pumped 1 oz combined from both breasts. i used to be able to pump 4 oz after that feeding.
the problem is i have to leave her for work on saturday for about 8 hours and only have 7 oz in the freezer for her.
is there anything i can do to get the supply up again? i will need to be leaving her for work here and there over the next few months and need some extra milk to leave with her.
feeling like such a fool for throwing that milk away at the beginning.
if you have read this far thank you so much!