I've been back at work for about 6 weeks now. My baby is 4 mos old. On a typical day I might bring home 11 or 12 oz from work and then might pump another 2 if I can carve out the time (not always). I've been using a Symphony for the past 2 weeks.
DH is home with baby. At first, baby was drinking between 1 and 1.5 oz for every hour I was gone. Lately it's shot up to around 2 oz per hour and I'm not keeping up. Yesterday I pumped 11.5 oz and she at 16.5! So I was 5 oz short. I thought it was a growth spurt but this has been going on for the last 2 or 3 weeks.
I leave pumped milk in 2.5 oz bottles. We use Dr. Brown's widemouth bottles with a "level 1" nipple.
I've talked to him about overfeeding and he says that when he offers a bottle, he'll see if she wants it, which she doesn't always, and when she does, he watches for her to slow down and then will withdraw the nipple, give her a minute and see if she still seems like she wants more. He says she'll often lunge at the nipple so he is confident that she's really hungry. And that other times she will spit it out and turn her head away and that's how he knows she isn't hungry.
DH feeds her "on demand" and he seems good at reading her hunger cues when we're together, although, like lots of dads, I sometimes get from him the "here, I think she's hungry" routine when he's holding her and she is fussing and most likely not hungry. And I got home today and asked when she last ate and he said "it was about an hour ago so she's probably hungry now". I think maybe he sees me nursing her frequently during the evenings and thinks that she needs to eat that often when he feeds her during the day from a bottle. He says he is mindful that she doesn't NEED 16 oz during an 8 hour period and that he knows it is hard for me to keep up with her demand, but that she shows signs of hunger and takes the bottle and that is how much she drinks.
Does it sound like he's overfeeding? What can we do to get her feeding back in sync with my output, or vice versa? I try to nurse as much as possible in the evenings, overnight and before I leave for work but she doesn't seem to drink a ton. When I nurse on the weekends, I can't imagine that she's drinking 16 oz in the 8 hours between 9 and 5, but of course I have no way of knowing.
Any advice would be great. Thanks!