I just don't have the time and energy to donate -- I looked at the requirements and it's just too much for me to try to manage.
So I need to lower my supply, but I don't want to ruin it or later on.
Here's the deal:
My little one is starting her 9th week (born 5/24/07). She eats 4 oz of EBM about every 3-4 hours, so she feeds approx. 8 times in a 24 hour period for a total of 32 oz of milk.
I pump 7 times. 8 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 9 pm, 12 midnight, 4 am.
I usually pump around 6-8 oz in a session for a grand total of 42-56 oz. In about a month I've stashed away over 2 gallons in the freezer, and I have 5 16 oz bottles in the fridge full (one that gets emptied for feedings, but you get what I mean).
I'd like to get myself regulated so that I only pump what she needs -- 2 oz per breast instead of the 3+. But as young as she is if I do this through block pumping or dropping a pumping session, will this affect my ability to keep up with her later on? I'm an exclusive pumper because despite my trying she just won't latch. At best she just licks my boob, but normally she screams bloody murder.
Please help me. My freezer is nearly full and I'm going to have to start dumping my milk. Ideally I'd like to get rid of the 4am pumping -- not having to be up for an hour to pump, store, and clean things would be a godsend.