Quick question ladies! Some of you might be familiar with my little run-in with Mastitis. Ever since recovery, my LC has been working with me to lower my milk production, so I wouldn't run into plugged ducts/engorgement/Mastitis again. Instead of pumping every 2 hours... we've extended it to 3-4 hours.
Now this worked great - my milk production has gone down and I no longer get plugged ducts everyday... the only problem is, now it's gone down so low, I don't think it's going to last in the long run. I wish to increase my milk supply once more, but before I do so, I'm hesitant to go back to my old routine (where I was chained to the baby... pumping/feeding the baby every 1-2.5 hours and if I was late or skipped a feeding, I would get a severe case of plugged ducts and a tendency to get bad quickly). I've spoken to my LC about my situation and she had regretfully (but bluntly) told me that it was going to be hard for me to increase my milk production without the risk of getting mastitis again. She had also told me the cold-hard truth: that woman who return to work full-time often find it hard to keep up with breastfeeding and the majority quit.
Sidenote: Work doesn't always give me the luxury of pumping on time and there are times when I'm so tired (after working 2 jobs), I pass out at night and can't wake up...not even with the baby crying in my ear. One night, DH said the baby was crying for a full 5-10 minutes and I didn't even stir. Since we have bottles of breastmilk/forumula in the fridge, he ended up feeding her.
As of now, I'm getting an average of 1oz/hour, which is clearly not enough for the baby.
My question is simple: Does it help milk production if you are pumping longer, instead of often? For example:
Instead of pumping every 2 hours for 10-15 minutes, will pumping every 3-4 hours for 20-30 minutes be helpful?
If this does't help, maybe I really need to hang my head in defeat and face the possibility of drying up soon...