I have a 4 month old baby girl. She was a large baby, 9lbs 15 oz when I was induced at 38 weeks, 22 inches long. I was pressured to start formula in the hospital as she was jaundiced and required light treatment and daily follow up for the first couple weeks. Other than that she has been very healthy and latched well.
She has continued to be large, is now 18 pounds and I have struggled but been unable to meet her needs without some supplemental formula. This is probably for multiple reasons. I'm also a first time mom at 43 and she was a donor baby. She has a large appetite and often wants 8 ounce feedings if taking a bottle. We use slow nipples but she is insistent, especially if a long time since she ate. She goes 6 hours often at night now.
I nurse and pump and am back to work since 8 weeks. I pump about 6 times a day and nurse about 3. One of my pumping times is always in the middle of the night. I find I have to pump 30 to 40 minutes and get from 1 oz to rarely 8 ounces. Lately my pumps have been about 3 hours apart and I'm getting 2 or 2 and 1/2 ounces. These are not pumps that follow a nursing session, so I should be fuller. I take a lot of galactagogue herbs such as fenugreek, eat oatmeal everyday and drink plenty of water.
I wonder if power pumping for an hour is more beneficial at all if I already pump for 45 mins straight? I also do heat and compression. thanks