My boy is 6 weeks old and eats an enormous amount (or so I think). Any time I
leave him with my husband to take a little break, he eats all the milk I've left
in no time. Yesterday he downed a 5 ounce bottle only an hour after I fed him!
I feed him on demand all day, and sometimes he wants to eat every 45 minutes or
so. Other times he'll nap for several hours at a time. I know all of this is
normal enough, but what I don't know is how to get ahead with my milk storage so
that I can leave him for more than 90 minutes or so at a time. I was hoping to
go to an all day conference at the end of the month, and I worry I won't have
enough to last him so many hours. So far, I pump in the morning after he eats.
This gets me about 3 ounces. Later in the day when I pump after he eats, I
often get a little less than that. I can't always pump more than once or twice
a day, cause he's eating so frequently, so the most I ever seem to have in the
fridge is 5-7 ounces, which only gets me the couple hours out of the house I've
been taking here and there. Also, I don't want to pump so much that I create an
oversupply problem. About 2 weeks ago I had to reduce my production because I
had a super fast letdown and he was gagging on the milk as it came out.
I was thinking that I would try to find out how much he actually consumes in one
sitting when he's at the breast. To do this, I thought I'd let my husband give
him a bottle so that I could allow my breasts to become full, and then pump to
see what I produce if he hasn't just eaten. Then maybe I'll know what he really
needs from a bottle feeding so I can try to get enough for a full say or half
day without me.
Any suggestions about a) when to pump most effectively, b) how to get ahead with
milk storage, c) how to gauge what he's really consuming?