My lo is 6.5 weeks. I just started pumping for the first time this week. I only get about 1.5-2 oz per breast at a time (15-20 minutes per breast) and the instructions (medela swing) say this is what you can expect to begin with, so I have a couple questions:
1- If this is a normal amount for a novice pumper what can I do to improve yield - I'm wondering how anyone can possibly pump enough to spend any amount of time away from their lo at this rate.
2- How much would you expect a male 6-7 week old to drink per feed? Mine just quaffed 6 oz down really quickly (a friend at work was feeding her), I didn't realize and then saw the already empty bottle and was amazed - I thought it would have lasted several feeds. Do babies extract milk more or less quickly than a pump? After my friend fed him he just fell asleep for hours and hours - he doesn't normally do this and would normally want to nurse more and would only sleep in short naps.
3- this has me a bit concerned that maybe I'm not producing enough milk. At my 1 month ped visit the dr said my lo was well nourished but would be a small person due to his measurements all being low percentiles. This, of course, got me very anxious. I REALLY don't want to introduce formula but of course don't want a starved undersized baby either.
4- Does age affect milk production? I'm almost 40 and this is my first lo.
Advice would be much appreciated.