Re: Oversupply, back to work milk supply
Welcome and congrats on the new baby and on being so patient as you worked through the oversupply! Lots of moms freak out and give up when faced with an issue like that. I'm no expert when it comes to pumping, but here's what seems to work for most moms:
- Start by pumping 1x per day at a consistent time of day. You're aiming to start small, get used to the pump and to pumping, and to build a small stash. You don't need a freezer stuffed full of milk- probably just enough so that you're a couple of days ahead of your baby's needs.
- If pumping seems to stimulate the oversupply issues again, dial it back. Pump less per session, don't try to empty the breast, pump for less time.
- Introduce a bottle soon. Your pediatrician's advice was good. Have someone who isn't you offer the bottle- most babies will not take bottles from their moms. (And why should they when mom has the real thing?) Experiment with different types of bottles and different bottle nipples- but make sure the nipples are slow flow, and have whoever feeds baby pause the feeding every so often to make it a bit more like breastfeeding.
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