Re: Questions about over supply
In general, a mom will find that her supply will adjust to match her baby's needs pretty precisely. If the baby goes a long stretch without nursing, mom's supply will eventually decline during that long stretch. But how long this process takes varies from mom to mom: some moms find that it happens literally overnight, others find that it takes a long time for their bodies to detect and react to those long stretches. It sounds like you are in the latter category, and you're also perpetuating the problem by pumping both sides right after your baby's first morning feed. Every time you pump out all that milk your baby doesn't eat, you're telling your body "Good job! Make that same amount of milk tomorrow night!"
If it were me, here's what I would do:
- Wake the baby at least one time overnight and nurse her, so that you don't get uncomfortably full by morning.
- Cut back on your morning pumping. It's just telling your body to keep on overproducing! Since breastfed babies typically eat just 2-4 oz at a time, and need about 1.5 oz per hour of separation, pumping out 10 oz at a time means that you're making nearly enough for a full workday in just one pump session. Your other post says that you have 400 (!!!) oz in the freezer already, and you're going to be able to pump at work... You don't need all that stored milk, when you're going to be bringing home fresh every day. So I suggest taking a much lower amount at that a.m. pump session. Stop after 4 oz, leave some milk in the breast, and let your body get the message that it's time to throttle back. You could probably even cut out that a.m. pump session completely.
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