My 3 wk old is gaining weight nicely and is exclusively BF'd. She wakes every 3 hrs in the night to eat but she is such a lazy nurser at night. Some nights are okay but then there are nights like last night....where I am not getting NEAR enough sleep. I put her to the breast when she wakes and she nurses for a minute and falls asleep. I try to wake her a bit but after no success, I put her back in her bassinet. She squirms & fusses and I repeat the process over & over again. It can go on for some time and sometimes she just seems to be awake forever in her bassinet, so then I cannot sleep but it never fails....I put her to the breast and she gets so relaxed there that she is asleep right away...and then awake when I lay her back down.
So, my husband keeps saying "Why don't you give her a bottle in the night". I am NOT giving her a bottle of formula. I am way to paranoid that my supply will drop if I do that. I have a manual Avent pump and I get barely anything with that. When I had my first daughter, I could pump an 8 ounce bottle in no time with my avent pump. I know my lo is getting enough...milk is spewing out when I open my bra, it's on her chin, sometimes my let-down is too fast and she chokes....but I just cannot pump a bottle with my Avent this time.
My friend has a Pump In Style and new horns and tubes to lend me. I figure the suction on this pump may be better/more effective. Might take a few days to get it going but I am going to try using this in the night to pump a bottle. What are your opinions on this? Bad idea? Try it and see?