I am a first time nursing mom and am really enjoying the experience! I have a 9 week old and am lucky to be able to stay at home with her . For the past 2 months I have been working through oversupply/overactive letdown issues and it has been tough but I am determined to ride it out! I think that my milk supply is starting to finally balance out and I want to start pumping for occasional bottle feedings. My little one has not been introduced to the bottle yet because I have been hesitant with the issues we have been having. The majority of the time I will be nursing her but there will be a few times a month where I would like her to be able to take a bottle. I'm worried about introducing a bottle as she may prefer it more than me because of the OALD. My questions about pumping are:
-When is the best time to pump? Is it best to pump while feeding her since she only takes one breast per feeding?
-If I choose to only pump twice a week, will that stimulate my supply to increase?
-If I pump for just the occasion, say I pump early in the morning for a bottle later that night, will I have to keep pumping?
-What are your experiences with occasional bottle feeding?
-How much milk will my little one need per feeding?
I am also worried about stimulating my milk supply too much since I already have oversupply. So I am looking for the best way to pump occasionally without overstimulating!
My goal would be to be able to nurse her most of the time and her be able to take a bottle a few times per month when needed. I know it can be done as I have heard many people have accomplished this!
Any thoughts, ideas, comments, suggestions, etc...are much appreciated!