My baby is nearly 7 months old. He was exclusively breastfed before starting solids at 6 months. I pump at work and he gets 2 - 3 bottles a day. He is a terrible sleeper and we are always struggling to balance his sleeping. His sleep has just started to improve, waking twice per night and wanting to sleep till about 7:30 but I have to leave to get to work by 7:15 so I typically wake him up about 7 which I hate to do. I pump the first time right when I get to work and always get the majority of my milk during that first pumping session. The problem is that he doesn't always want to nurse when he first wakes up so I end up leaving for work without nursing.
I sometimes notice that if he eats a lot right before I leave that I get less milk during the first pumping session, but often it seems like I don't get any less if he eats than if he doesn't.
Everything I have read has said that you should nurse right before you leave but if he doesn't want to, should I just let him sleep?
I have been pumping at work for about 2 months now - and I am also beginning to have more difficulty letting down and getting as much milk as the day progresses.