She actually is 1 1/2 lbs shy of doubling her birth weight.
Babies usually slow down their weight gain around 4-6 months, and she HAS doubled her birth weight.
The PIS is not maintaining my supply. It is dropping more and more the longer I work. I have a friend with a hospital-grade pump that I will try to use once she no longer needs it. She has a baby that just got out of the NICU and cannot exclusively nurse. Once she is finished pumping exclusively for his milk, I should be able to use that pump.
The PIS is a good pump for those who have already established a milk supply and just want to maintain it while separated from the baby.
Most mothers who are having difficulties with their supply usually find it helpful to switch to a hospital-grade rental pump until they reach their goal. This is something you might want to consider doing.
She did nurse for comfort when she was first born, however, she now nurses just for food. Once she hit the three months she stopped nursing for comfort. She does use a pacifier. Even if she did not use a pacifier, I don't think this would make her want to nurse for comfort. Except for helping my supply, I'm not sure I want her to either.
Has Emma ever nursed for comfort as well as food?
Does she get a pacifier?
I'm not able to pump enough in 24 hours to leave 1oz of milk per hour that I am away. I pump on and off from the time I get up until the time I go to bed. My last pumping / nursing session is at 8:30 or so and I go to bed at 9:00. I get up at 5:30 and pump / nurse at 6:00 or so.
Actually, the theory is to LEAVE 1oz of milk per hour that you are away
You can pump it ANY time.
Would you consider pumping just before you go to bed?
She does not nurse very well / at all when she is asleep. Once she is in a deep sleep, she will not nurse. If I wake her, she will just throw a fit until I can get her to calm back down and go back to sleep. Nursing does not calm her when she is overly tired or woken from a deep sleep.
Would you consider waking Emma up during the night to nurse her? Many babies will nurse in their sleep too.
I really don't think the change in behavior is due to daycare change. She began fussing while nursing BEFORE the daycare change. Same with the teething. Again, she has been fussing BEFORE she started showing any new signs of teething.
The weekend schedule is just about the same as the weekdays. She nurses instead of getting bottles. I pump the same. During her afternoon solids, I offer her the breast first, then offer solids if she didn't nurse well or if she still acts hungry. Most of the time we skip at least one solid meal per day on the weekends. She gets the juice if she has had solids to help keep her poop soft. If we are out, I work it out so she gets solids at that time.
Again, I'm not as concerned about right now, but if my supply keeps changing like it has since I've returned to work 4 months ago, I'm not going to make it until she is a year. I am pumping 5 oz less a day, she is not taking any less than she was 4 months ago when we started daycare, and she is beginning to not have the wet diapers like she did towards the end of the week when I know that my supply has dropped. She is a very small little girl and I don't want her health to suffer because I am not producing enough milk.