Hi everyone. I'm a long-time reader (10 months) and first time poster.
I've a teacher and returned to work last Jan, so pumping at work is pretty routine for me now. With my new (weird) schedule, my pump breaks are at around 11:45, 1, and 2:30, but I need about 11 oz to send for my baby during the day. There is absolutely no possibility of me pumping before 11:45. Right now I'm managing to get enough, but I feel like eventually my supply will not keep up with pumping so much in a short time period. Here's my question:
I have a huge freezer stash of over 150 oz. If I can't pump enough and need to supplement his bottles with 2-3 oz of frozen milk per day, will that harm my supply? I guess I'm concerned that my body won't make enough for him on weekends if I tell it 5 days a week that I need a few oz less.
Other info: I nurse him in the morning around 5:45 and 7, then in the evening around 4, 5:30, and bedtime. He also wakes up and eats at least three times overnight. All those times are just routine, not a strict schedule. When we are together I nurse on demand.
Also we have determined through a blood test that he has a milk allergy and will not be able to start on cow's milk during the day when he turned one year. I want to nurse him for as long as possible, so I want to avoid anything that will do major damage to my supply.
I hope all that made sense!!! On an unrelated note, I want to tell the regular posters how amazing they are. Your dedication to helping nursing mothers is priceless - reading this forum has helped me through so much and given me so much confidence!!!