Re: Pumping to match LO or pump more to maintain supply?
Potential problems from oversupply:
- fast letdowns, which can make nursing challenging for the baby
- higher risk of plugged ducts and mastitis
Oversupply does have an upside, which is that pumping is generally a lot easier. This can be a real blessing for a working mom! So if it were me, I wouldn't try to correct this unless you're having a lot of problems like discomfort from engorgement, plugged ducts, or the baby fussing and pulling off while nursing. Although 9-12 oz at a time is a LOT of milk!!!
The one problem I see here is that your baby generally nurses just 3 times a day, and is most often sleeping through the night. That means that she gets most of her needs met from the bottle, and she's not getting a huge amount of practice time at the breast, and that could lead to her giving up breastfeeding in favor of bottle-feeding. Also, you're generally going all night without nursing, and while low supply obviously isn't a problem for you now, many moms who rely predominantly on the pump do eventually hit a "pump slump" later in their babies' first year. To reduce these 2 risks, I would do the following:
- nurse as much as possible when home with baby
- wake baby for a dream feed right before you go to bed
- sleep in close proximity to your baby, so that you hear her stirring and catch her at those moments when she is most likely to be a little wakeful and a little more interested in nursing
- talk to the caregiver about paced bottle feeding and the amounts in the bottles- a little less milk in the daytime bottles might result in more nursing at night
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