My LO is 2 months old (this is my first child). I went back to work last week and have been pumping at work. I usually pump 3 times while I'm at work. I only pump 7-9 ounces total for the day (on average 3 ounces each session).
I have a Hygeia Electric Double Pump and also a Medela manual hand pump - it doesn't matter if I use the electric pump or the hand pump, I get the same number of ounces.
While at home, I breastfeed my son. I nurse first thing in the morning (depending on the time, I will nurse twice in the morning) and 3 times in the evening. The
My son usually goes to bed after his final feeding at 11:30/midnight and will usually sleep until 5-6am. During the day, he is fed 4oz. every 3-4 hours, but that may increase to 5oz.
On the weekends, I exclusively breastfeed, unless we go out to eat or go somewhere I don't feel comfortable breastfeeding. This is the only time I pump on the weekends.
I started pumping while on maternity leave, but since it was the holidays, we spent a lot of time visiting family, so anything I pumped was used to feed our son while we were out. Therefore, no backup supply for when I started back to work.
I've done some searches online and after reading several posts on various websites, I feel I have an extremely low supply compared to other ladies. I eat oatmeal every morning and drink 2-3 glasses of Mother's Milk Tea.
I know every woman is different, but what is considered a low supply? What can I do to increase my supply? I'm afraid I won't be producing enough to feed my son during the day while I'm at work.
Any advice, help, words of encouragement, etc. are greatly appreciated!