Hello all, I'm 30 weeks pregnant and trying to think ahead and get ready for baby #2. I struggled with low supply and an itty bitty guy (although he never fell off the charts). I ended up on domperidone from about 7 months until 12 months when I stopped taking them. He weaned while I was pregnant at about 17 months, but from 12-17 months it was mostly comfort nursing because when I stopped the drugs my supply was almost non-existent. Its funny, he is almost 23 months now and occasionally asks for "boobie" but as soon as I take it out he says, "all done boobie"
Anyway, I do not want to have supply issues again. The only thing that really saved us is that my son would only drink about 8-12 oz during the day at daycare, so with the help of domperidone and a hospital grade pump, I could keep up with that. However, if this babe takes the bottle better, I'm really frightened about being able to keep up. And honestly, I DO want her to take the bottle better. Waking to feed every 1.5-2 hrs from 6 months 1 year was exhausting. We did cosleep, but I couldn't sleep while he was nursing.
I know the standard advice is not to pump until your supply regulates. So, I didn't pump on a regular basis until my son was 6 months when he went to daycare. I'd like to have a better supply this time, so am considering pumping from the very beginning at least once per day while still only EBF, but only to freeze. Then later on (maybe 8ish weeks) twice a day, with one pump going into the freezer and the other to help babe #2 learn to use a bottle. She will start daycare full time at 6 months as well, but because my son had such a hard time with the transition, I'm going to send her for a couple hours every other day starting at 3 months. I haven't worked out the details of that arrangement yet, so I don't know if she will take a bottle or I will just feed her, leave for 2ish hours and feed on pick-up.
Anyway, what do you think? Would pumping at least once a day from the start be ok to start a freezer stash/help with low supply?