I have been nursing/pumping since my son was a newborn. Because of complications, he needed to be in the ICU for a few days so I was not able to nurse him right away. He was born on October 16, 2005 making him almost 6 months. They gave him formula and ever since then, he has been on a half formula/half breastmilk mixture. I was not a fan of breastfeeding in the beginning but now find I do enjoy it. I currently only nurse him in the early morning and night and pump the rest of the time. I do work fulltime (thankfully, they have a lactation room) and pump 3 times a day at work. So, I’ll nurse him around 4:30-5am, try to pump at 6:30, pump approx. at 10, 1, and 4 at work, nurse/pump when I get home, and pump before I go to bed. He is content and growing fine on the mixture mentioned above.
Two evenings ago, I nursed him at 7:15pm. I then fell asleep and didn’t wake up until 4:15am. (He sleeps from 7:30-4:30 or 5) I had meant to pump at 11pm so I went 9 hours without doing anything. I was engorged, relieved about ¾ of it, and then nursed him at 5:15am and then pumped at 6:30am. I then followed my regular pumping schedule again. Since then, it seems as if my supply went down a little bit. My left breast has always produced more than the right but now I’m afraid the right one could dry up.
I guess my question is – because of that 9 hour stretch, could that have affected things permanently? I have been pumping/nursing regularly, drinking water, taking fenugreek, etc. I average about an ounce an hour so if I pump every 3 hours, I’m happy with 3 ounces. Before, I would get 3-5 but I’ve been having to squeeze every drop out to get 3. Also, can milk naturally dry up on its own even with regular pumping/nursing?
I would like to continue nursing/pumping for the first year.
At work, I use the original Pump In Style and at home, I have the Medela Lactina.