DS is 6 wks and I have started pumping once a day, after my AM feeding so that I have a little stash in the freezer "just in case". I bf one side per feeding, ds is thriving & growing, latch is no problem, feeds every 3 hrs during the day, 3-4 at night. Since I started pumping, I have noticed my left side (his favorite) is bigger & more full than the other (I try to pump on each side every other day to prevent this, but...) and when I went to the OB today, he said I was engorged and should watch it.
DS took his first bottle today like a champ and downed 5 ozs.
My question is, how do I prevent this? I've felt full for a few days now but don't want to pump to alleviate the fullness, as I know this will just further the problem. How long should I be engorged until the supply evens out to accomodate the pumping? And when do I need to start to be worried about mastitis?
Thanks for any advice!