My LO will be six months old next week. I am a WAHM and have never had a need to pump. This weekend is our anniversary, and I decided that I wanted to try to store enough milk so that I could have a couple of glasses of wine when my dh and I go out to dinner. (Our LO will be going with us as we don't have anyone to sit for us.) Anyway, I bought an Avent Isis and started trying to pump last week. The first couple of times went well compared to what I'm experiencing now -- I got about 2 ounces each time, and I fed it to my LO to see if he would take a bottle. (He had never had one before, so I didn't know.) Anyway, luckily the bottle was no problem for him.
Then I started trying to pump milk to freeze for this weekend. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I can only get about a half an ounce at a time -- all foremilk, I'm sure. I don't know if I'm picking the wrong times of day or what. I tried to pump on one side while my LO was nursing on the other, but I can't get the positioning right, and my LO is very curious and stops to watch what I'm doing. I've tried putting hot towels on my breasts to help with letdown, and that helps a little, but I'm just not getting much. I've never had a problem with supply -- and my LO continues to gain weight steadily.
Are there certain times when it's better to pump? I'm willing to get up in the middle of the night to try (as long as it doesn't affect my morning supply for my LO) because I just want to have a couple of feedings worth stored up for this weekend. I'd really appreciate any tips.
Also, if I have two glasses of wine, can I still nurse after a few hours?
And one more: I've been pumping and storing what little I get in bottles in the fridge. Can I add fresh breastmilk to breastmilk that is already cold? I've been chilling each new expression before adding them together, but I was wondering if I needed to do so. When I have enough, I plan on freezing it for this weekend. (I read that breastmilk can be kept in the fridge for only 48 hours, so I'm only keeping it in there for that long before I'll have to either freeze the tiny amount or feed it to LO.)
I'm sorry this is so long. I'm just really confused and am hoping you all have some advice for me. TIA