My 3 month old daughter did not nurse from me since the day she was born. I had flat nipples and hence found it difficult to nurse. Since she was a low birth weight baby ( 5 lbs 9 oz), the nurse at the hospital gave her formula to make sure she does not lose much weight. Once milk came in, I started pumping the milk and feeding her EBM in a bottle. After trying for several days, my daughter continued to resist feeding directly from me. To avoid frustration, I continued giving her the bottle of EBM after trying (and failing!!) to nurse. I even tried using nipple shield after my visit to the LC. For the past 3 months, I have tried to pump upto 8 times a day (every 3 hours) and luckily, I have been able to produce enough milk to meet my daughter's intake. I used a hospital grade pump for about a month and I have been using a Medela Pump in style since then.
I am planning to go back to work in April. I want to feed her breast milk for a year. I am able to freeze upto 10 oz of milk everyday after feeding my baby. Is that good enough to meet her needs later ?
1. How many times should I pump in a day to make sure the milk supply does not drop ?
2. How much maximum duration can there be between 2 pumping sessions ? (I pump before I go to bed and then pump after 7 hours - Is that okay? )
Also, I have been having sore nipples (in the tip of the nipple) due to pumping. I have changed the flange of the pump to a bigger size ( 30 mm instead of a 24 mm) After every pump session, the tip of my nipples hurt a lot when something touches it. It becomes very hard on some occassions - feels very brittle! I use Lanolin cream on it. But there is no improvement. Does it hurt while pumping ?
I would appreciate if someone can answer my questions! Thanks in advance for your response.