I have been doing everything I can to make sure that I get 8 feelings a day so that I can maintain my supply. With LO#1 I learned the hard way about that. I have so many questions, I don't know where to start. I'll start with what our day looks like:
5am- I pump (baby sleeping still)
7am-baby wakes up & nurses
7:30am-leave for work/daycare
10:30am-I pump at work(baby gets bottle at school)
1:00pm-I pump at work(baby gets bottle at school)
3:30pm-I pump at work(baby gets bottle at school)
4:30pm-pick up kids at daycare
8pm-baby goes to bed
10pm- I go to bed.
So this WAS working for us. But I'd put the baby to breast at times I knew she wasn't hungry just to meet the 8x/day mark. I just feel like our schedule (work/school) provides such little time for wiggle room. Anyway, Then DCP kept asking for more and more milk and as long as I've been able to pump it, I would give it. I know all the rules about 1-1.5oz/per hour I was away, but they kept insisting that she was doing so much better with the more milk. So i obliged reluctantly.
So I took her in for her 4 Month check up and she has lost weight. I thought maybe it was bc she had been sick a few times since starting dcp..but the dr thinks its bc I'm not feeding her on demand and basically forcing her to "snack" and therefore get less hind milk and that's why she's asking for more at dcp. She thinks I need to spread out her feelings and wait until she is truly hungry and if the time has come and gone and I need to pump then go ahead and pump then if she's hungry soon after (too soon to have built back up milk) to give her what I just pumped. She said by this age she should be going longer stretches between feedings like 3-4 hours. And she thinks she's sleeping too long at night and I need to wake her up a few times to nurse at night. I'm afraid if I do the pump when I need to and let baby determine nursing times ill just end up EPing bc I would think we'd have a tough time being on same schedule. Basically I need to wait longer between nursing sessions and feed more throughout the night? What are your opinions/suggestions? I tell you what...if I just didn't have to work and I could be a SAHM I wouldn't have to worry about any of this and that makes me so sad/angry at my situation
Shoot I forgot to finish out my post title...sorry! It should be pumping/frequency/weight loss