Re: Pumping..Working and Growth Spurts
Your production is excellent; if you are pumping ~5.5 ounces combined in addition to nursing then you are in oversupply realm. Many mamas struggle produce that much while pumping at work.
It is nice to have a few extra bottles of frozen milk for growth spurts, but you may not need them. My son has always been an absolutely voracious nurser, but he never took more milk while I was at work even during growth spurts; he just nursed a lot more when I got home. Some days I would get home, pop him in the sling, and nurse him almost nonstop until bedtime. As PP mentioned, cosleeping helps your baby get in more nursing and helps you get more sleep when you go back to work.
There is no reason to think this. If your baby is taking more than 1-1.5 ounces while you are away at any age, then she is being overfed. Period. Breastfed babies don't start needing more milk or bigger bottles the way their formula fed counterparts do because breastmilk changes in composition to suit your babies needs as she grows. My son would guzzle his milk, you could hear him gulping away when he nursed, but he still only took 3 ounce bottles or cups until he was well over a year old.
Originally Posted by @llli*avabug18
To do this you will want to make sure to pump every 2-3 hours at work, use horns that fit properly, and do breast compressions to maximize output. You also need to avoid over feeding. Use a slow flow nipple and paced bottle feeding methods:
Ultimately, I just want to make sure I am keeping up with her and making sure me and Dad dont have to supplement with Formula.
Try not to worry too much about your return to work. It's difficult to leave your baby, but a lot of us do it and have never needed to use formula even once. If you do find yourself having difficulties at work, then remember that there are a lot of mamas here that are happy to help you troubleshoot and find solutions.
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).