hello all! im new here and still very much researching so please help me or direct me if neccessary. im a fifth time mom and exclusively breadtfeeding for the first time ever with no formula...dont even have any in the house. with my other children i breastfed but because of lack of sipport hadto eventually give at least some formula. now i feel im way more mentally prepared and encouraged but dont ever want to have a low supply if i can help it.
right now my newborn (two weeks old) is fine, and my supply is establishing so i have quite a bit of milk. i would like to have an abundant supply for pumping and saving as well. she eats quite a bit and is gaining, pooping and peeing very well i believe. what is the best way to maintain a supply for ebfing and storing some in the freezer? im afraid to pump after every feeding because ive noticed she sometimes wakes sooner than expected to nurse and one time i had pumped out all of what i thought was excess milk so had to soothe her until enough was made for another feeding. how can i go about doing this safely and keeping up a good supply? right now she weighs 9 lbs 4oz, up from 8lbs 9oz at birth.
ive already done the lipase test for my milk...i froze a small amount for a week, then thawed it properly and tasted it. while it smells pretty bad to me, it still has a sweet taste. not as sweet as fresh milk, slightly different, but its definitely not bad tasting and it blends back together well, with no real change in consistency. am i good on that front? id prefer not to have to scald the milk at this time schedule wise as i dont have much time to do so with a very busy home.
any advice, tips, corrections are welcome! thanks so much!
ps...i see i posted this in the wrong forum! apologies...is there a way to move it to the proper forum?