Re: Have no idea what Im doing.........
Weight gain and soiled diapers are generally your cues that your LO is getting enough. Try not to give up. You're not alone. It IS exhausting and frustrating, but I came to realize it's also amazing. To be responsible for sustaining a little tiny person's life after carrying him or her all those months. What I love about nursing despite all the hard moments is that it's something only I can do for my DD. As for milk supply for back to work, I pumped only in the morning while on leave. I'd pump one side and simultaneously her nurse on the other. Then just nurse throughout the day. Next morning switch the pump side. We co sleep so nursing at night is far easier. No formula in the mix. If you don't co sleep think about it. I feel certain I get more sleep by being right there when its time to nurse. We started with the Summer Infant sleeper right in between me and my husband but usually she just sleeps across my stomach. Ill wear a nursing tank with a little cotton open hoodie so my shoulders don't get cold.
Anyway with my pump one side once a day process I had a good stash built up and now while at work I pump 3x in 9 hours. By the way I love nursing way more now that I use that pump so often. I dread the pump. Necessary evil.
1st time mom over 40 to Alex(andra) b: 7/14/12