Hey ladies! I am new here but was hoping for some advice/assistance from those more seasoned then me. I am a working mom of a beautiful 4 month old little girl who spends her days with a stay at home mom who bf'd her children so she is very understanding. I leave Claire with her from 7:15-5:15 each day. I try to nurse right before I take her and as soon as she gets home and while shes at dc she eats anywhere from 8-15 oz depending on the day. At work I pump at least every three hours with a PISA if not every two. my mornings are usually better ranging from 4-6 oz and it dwindles as the day goes on and I average about 12 oz a day total. This is down from 18-20 when I first started back to work in January. I am now unable to stash any. I *think* the one big change is that I stopped getting up at 2:30 to pump. I did this when Claire started sleeping a lot better and now I think I may need to again but its terribly hard on me as Claire's sleeping habbits have taken a turn for the worse and she is up every 2 hours to nurse. I am drinking a ton of water and a couple of cups of mothers milk tea a day, eating as much oatmeal as I can and I do compressions durring each pump session, I have replaced my valves and membranes and am using pumpin pals which have helped me last week. I guess my question is - am I producing enough each day? I seem to be keeping Claire satisfied (and shes a happy camper in the evenings who nurses every hour until bed time and then its every two) but I feel really bad that I cant get a freezer stash built. Is a 2-3am pump my only option to boost this supply? I pump once or twice on weekends and save fridays milk for monday and seem to jsut scrape by every week
I LOVE breastfeeding Claire and know it is THE best thing I can do for her but the stress of pumping is totally getting to me and I fear that is hurting my supply as well. I guess any words of wisdom, advice, etc would be greatly appreciated!