This morning I thawed out my last bag of frozen milk to send my son to day care. I'm feeling pretty defeated. I will probably have to mix up a little formula tomorrow to send him, but I want to use it as little as possible! I am a teacher, so I have just 6 weeks until I can be home with him all the time and not worry about pumping. I'm looking for any suggestions you have about how to get through the next few weeks with little to no supplementing. Here are our details...
I nursed my first child, who is now 4, until 10 months. I can't remember when, but at some point before that, I began supplementing. By 10 months she just seemed to have either lost all interest in nursing or been really distracted.
My second baby is now 5 months old and has had only BM so far. (I want so badly to make it to at least one year with him!) On a typical school day, he nurses on both sides for a total of about 30-45 min. at 6:00am. I use a bottle and catch what is dripping out on the opposite breast while I nurse on the first side. (Is that strange....anyone else do this??) Most mornings I get 2 oz. of EBM this way! I then pump immediately after this feeding for about 10 minutes. I usally get 1-2 more oz.
My son is at school from 8:00-5:00. They give him three 7 oz. bottles of EBM. Is this too much? The DCP has said that he still acts like he wants more, but he never acts this way for me when I am nursing him on the weekends. How can you know if they are being overfed when it comes to EBM? How can I convince his teacher that less milk is really ok...if in fact he should be getting less? Our doctor said at our latest checkup that I should be aiming for 7 or 8 oz. bottles, but I'm wondering if the calculation he was using is really for formula fed babies. Also, I have tried solid foods (rice cereal as well as pureed banana, avocado, & sweet potatoes), but he REALLY is not interested. I've tried each several times with no luck. I plan to try the baby-led solids idea that I read about here next. At what point do I need to start worrying if he continues to refuse all solid foods? Right now he weighs a little over 16 lbs...he seems to be gaining very slowly.
So....for pumping....I pump three times at school. My times are roughly 8:30 or 9:00, 11:30, and 3:45. I pump for 10-12 minutes each time, and there is really no way for me to add another time based on my schedule. The amount I pump seems to vary pretty greatly, but lately it seems like I average maybe 10-15 oz. a day at school. So....even on a good day, 4 oz. from the morning + 15 oz. during school still doesn't add up to the 21 oz. I'm sending to day care! That, of course, is why my supply is all gone! Argh!
When we get home, we are nursing 2 or 3 times before bed. He usually sleeps from about 10 or 11 until 6. On the weekends, I feed him lots...whenever he seems hungry!
I'm drinking plenty of water (average of about 1 gal. a day!) and eating well. Based on what I've read here tonight, I'm going to try switching my breakfast to oatmeal, Mother's Milk Tea (just had my first cup tonight...blech), hand compressions while pumping, and swapping out the membranes on my pump. Any other ideas?
I know that was a whole lot of info. I guess my question boils down to....am I sending him too much milk, and if so, how can I convince his DCP of this fact? If I'm sending the right amount, what else can I try to increase my supply so that I can make it through until June? Thanks for your help!!!!