I returned to work last week, and till now I have not established a routine and I cannot figure out how to do it, as my lo doesn’t have regular sleeping/waking hours. That affects my pumping output as well as the quantity of milk that she needs while I am away.
I pump twice at work and I get 7-9 oz in total. If my dd goes to bed at around 10pm, I can pump 2-3 oz at midnight, but that is rare. It is not possible to add pumping sessions while at home, as I bf every two hours and in between I cannot get a single drop.
I am away for 7 hours including commuting. I usually bf just before I go to work and in that case, she needs 2 bottles of 3-4 oz each and then bf again when I am back.
The problem is that some days, she wakes up earlier, at 5-6 am and at 7 she refuses to nurse and then she is hungry earlier and she needs more milk. Those days my mother usually gives her some formula (1-3 oz) to calm her until I return.
Until now this has happened 2 days out of 5 days in total. I am working on increasing output to at least 10-12 oz, so that she doesn’t need any supplement, but it is not at all easy. I am afraid that if I let thing as they are, the occasional supplement will become a regular one and will decrease my supply.
I want to fix things now that it is early enough, so I don’t have to deal with major issues later on and I would appreciate any advice.