My twins were born at 35 weeks gestation and are acting very much like late preterm infants. They are now in NICU and I have just been discharged so I am home evenings through morning and will be spending 6 a.m. to 8pm with them and then coming home and sleeping and pumping. I need to get my supply up and communicate to my body there's two babies to make milk for.
I have rented a hospital grade pump and am pumping every 3 hrs. Now I wonder if I should pump every 2 hrs while separated because the LC said realistically when they're both home they'll nurse every 2 hrs. The NICU uses a 3 hr schedule although they said we really don't need to follow it. But the problem is they nurse, they are topped off with pumped milk in a bottle, they are on IV dextrose (sugar water) and then I pump so it's really hard to deviate from that too much since it's already so busy and I can't nurse again right after pumping since they expend most of their energy through nursing.
I'm just wondering what the best pumping schedule should be while we're apart, more or less. Tonight I nursed them both at 6 pm then pumped. Pumped at 8 pm now again at 10 pm, I am thinking maybe 12, 2, 4:30 and then just stay up to get ready to go back to NICU? that's about 5 hrs of sleep if I can sleep right away after pumping. DH is washing pump parts. I will try to nap at NICU on the recliner in my babies' room although I'm not counting on being able to fall asleep there.
I know I need some sleep to make milk but I really really want to make enough. They are 4 days old, my milk came in yesterday pretty much. I pumped about 5 oz total yesterday over 8 sessions, nursed them 6x if they were awake (sometimes I put them to breast and they are too sleepy to nurse, then we do skin to skin).