I am not sure if this is the right place for this thread.
My daughter is 4 months and I have been back to work full time since 5/28. Up until today my pump output has exceeded her needs. I do not pump on the weekends since I am nursing on demand when I am with Ellie. During the week I pump 3 times a day:
First thing in the morning after Ellie eats
Between 10 am and 11 am
Between 3pm and 4pm
I was getting about 3.5 oz in the morning from one side in about 15 minutes and the daytime pumps would yield about 5.5oz total. (12-15 min per side)
So I was easily pumping 14.5oz a day and Ellie typically eats 12 oz while I am at work (3 3oz bottles at daycare and one from my husband before I get home)
The schedule has been exact because I am out of the office for chunks of time and cannot always pump. I think I have missed about 4 sessions since being back to work but never two days in a row and never more than 1 missed session a day
This morning after i nursed Ellie it took me 35 minutes to get just under 3oz.
My mid morning pump yielded barely 3oz with 20 min per side.
I have to get through today and tomorrow and then I have a 4 day weekend on this.
last night Ellie was nursing more than normal like she was not getting enough milk and the same thing happened this morning. In the morning she can rarely drain one side and today she ate from both sides for over 20 minutes. At night she comfort nurses alot before she goes to sleep but last night seemed like she was eating the whole time.
My plan is to pump at my regular times in addition to feeding on demand unless there is a better way to up the supply?
I supplemented for 5 weeks when Ellie was born and then wound up with oversupply and a mild case of mastitis so I would like to avoid that again.
I have a freezer stash so I am not worried about supplementing yet but if this continues for more than a few weeks I would not have enough.
Does anyone know the best way to fix this situation?