Hi, I am wondering what other experienced mamas think of this idea. My DS is now 7 months. I started pumping once daily when he was 4 weeks old and made a goal to always pump 4-6 oz more than he ate on any given day. Usually, while I was at home, he just didn't get any bottles so I would feed on demand and pump once in the morning about 4-6 oz. I've been back to work about 30 hours/week since he was 3 months old. I've always been able to pump plenty for him while I'm gone and have maintained my supply at about 6 oz/day above what he eats. I also continue to pump once per day on the weekends to keep my supply above his demand.
I feel like this mild oversupply has been a godsend for me. It hasn't caused DS any problems, he manages my let-down just fine and his stools have been normal. He's been gaining weight like a champ. I always have plenty of milk for the next day and have been able to get away with just pumping twice per day while at work. I also don't have to worry when my mom (who watches DS while I'm away) wastes a couple of ounces of milk because it can't be reheated more than once, and DS doesn't take the whole bottle, or whatever.
I see so many working mamas on this forum who are constantly worried about their supply and being able to pump enough for the next day. Who are having to pump after their babies go to bed, or even get up in the middle of the night in order to pump enough for the next day. I am SO GRATEFUL to have avoided this issue so far. I am aware that supply often drops around 9 months or so but even if my supply does drop at that point, I think I should still have enough for him given that I'm making an extra 6 oz/day right now.
So what do you think? Would this be a workable strategy for more moms, maybe even something to suggest to working moms? To pump once per day starting when baby is about a month old and purposefully maintain a slight oversupply to guard against future supply issues when they go back to work? It's worked out great for me, and I'm having a hard time seeing a downside (other than having to pump once on days off, or if the baby had trouble handling the oversupply). What do you think? Good idea or not?