I've been struggling to pump* enough milk during my work day to hand off to the sitter for the next day ( I average 8 ounces, baby is taking 10-11 ounces). Originally I assumed what I pump while away from him equals exactly what the baby needs, but then I've heard that pumping is not as efficient as my baby nursing so it is possible for him to need more than I am pumping.
I feel like the more I nurse him, the less I can pump, and the more I try to fit in extra pump sessions- the less I have to nurse him with. Our schedule looks like this: 6:30-7am- feeding with baby, 9:30-10am- pumping (3-4 ounces), 12-12:30pm- pumping ( 2-2.5 ounces), 2:30-3:00pm- pumping ( 1.5-2 ounces), 4:30- 5pm feeding 1 side only with baby, 5:30 bath followed by side 2 feeding ( he's asleep by 6:15pm), 9:30-10pm- pumping ( 2.5 ounces), 2am- feeding with baby 1 side only, 2:30-2:45am- pumping other side, 4am- feeding with baby 1-2 sides depending, repeat
Is he getting enough milk total when my night time production after work is only 1 ounce per side? He always takes more if offered ( breast or bottle ( when I'm away from him)) especially lately he's been sucking harder and faster and our last feed before bedtime he usually seems to be sucking really hard and getting very little, sometimes I can feel tiny pangs in my boobs from the sucking... he's got wet diapers, poops daily, healthy, happy, gaining weight ( still a peanut though) Baby boy is 18 weeks, about 14.5 lbs ( up from 11 lbs @ 8 weeks)
Shouldn't I be bringing in MORE milk for him since he's demanding it/ emptying the breast?
He goes to bed so early that I don't get the opportunity to nurse him much during the week, thoughts?
may be good to know: I eat oatmeal every day, make lactation cookies every other week, add flax to recipes, snack on apricots, I only drink water ( 100 ounces easily per day)/ milk and will have a beer or glass of wine now and then + mother's milk tea, eat leafy greens/ high protein diet, whole grains. Have started to add a couple workout in each week... I just feel so frustrated by my pumping output and feel like the more nursing or pumping I add in the less and less I am producing; today he nursed before work, both sides drained, and my first pump session only yielded 3 ounces, second was 2, third will be 1.5-2 so I am only at 7 ounces! Sorry this is so long, and all over the place, I was not sure where to post within the forums, so hopefully here is good....
*I use a double electric Medela pump.