i'm a first-time mum of a 10-week old wee man.
in the initial 2 months, i was diligently pumping/direct feeding my bb every 3 hours leading to a HUGE ss of milk and no more storage space. since then, i've decided to be a SAHM and therefore do not need to store up much milk anymore. so, since last weekend i've decided to pump less and direct feed even more. as a result, i've had to deal with several issues... pls advise.
1. my bb tends to nurse on one side per feeding. what do i do about the other side? since his daytime feedings are every 2 to 3 hours, it would mean that the other breast may not get attention for a good 4 to 6 hours! do i pump or leave it? i'm worried about engorgement which i had just a few days back when i had just started this new routine. does this mean that right now, my ss exceeds dd and the body is still trying to equalise?
2. this problem is exacerbated in the nite becos the interval between feedings is longer. therefore, the other breast may not be fed for up to 8 hours! do i pump? will my ss drop if i don't?
3. if he only nurses on one side (and sometimes it can be as quick as 5 min), does that mean that one breast has more than enough for him? should the 'goal' be for him to feel full after nursing from two sides?
4. i used to be able to pump up to 3 to 4 oz per side (ie, 6 to 7 oz both sides). however, when i used to bottlefeed him EBM, i noticed he'd only take anything from 2 to 3 oz, occasionally 4. being a 'numbers' freak, that would mean that i'm overproducing, hence his one-sided feeding, right? so if i just direct feed and follow his lead, theoretically, each breast would only produce about 2 oz (based on current figures)?
he still pees and poos a lot each day.
pls advise. thanks!!!