I've never posted on one of these boards before, but I read them all the time. I'm hoping you can help. This is going to be long because I am trying to get ALL the information in at one time.
Thank you soo much!!
I have just come back to work for the past few weeks after 14 weeks at home with my baby. I am trying to keep my son exclusively breast fed, but am having so much stress about pumping and keeping up with his demand that I'm starting to wonder if it is worth it.
He was 3.5 weeks early and we had some sucking issues in the beginning but we worked through them and now have a pretty decent thing going.
I am working 3 days a week. 9-5, but leave my house at 8 and don't get home until 7. when I am at work his schedule is like this:
7:30 am - BF
between 12-1 - breast milk in a bottle 5-6oz
between 4:30 - 5:30pm breast milk in a bottle 4-6oz
between 8:30-9:30pm BF
between 2-3am BF
Except for the 7:30am feeding he is fed on demand. At night I won't let him go past 9:30pm without eating, because i want to feed him and I have to get sleep and the Dr. said that was ok.
On the days that I'm home he eats at:
again always fed on demand, unless I know we will be somewhere that will be too difficult and I will feed him a little early.
I am pumping 2x at work a day between 11-12 and 3-4.
I'm pumping after he eats, I pump in between feedings, I pump 2-3 hours after his last feeding. (but that has been new since he just started being consistant about his sleep)
I'm only getting 6 oz a day when I am home and that's a struggle and I'm not getting much more on the days I work. and it seems to be getting less and less. I'm worried that he will need more than I can get for him. I have a Pump In Style Advanced pump.
I have tried every thing I have read on these and other boards and I just don't know what else to do.
Am I pumping too much? Am I pumping at the wrong times? I pump until I'm empty at home (2 minutes after I stop seeing milk) and when I'm at work I pump for as long as I can (I borrow an office, so I can't just move in forever)
Any thoughts on things I can do before I throw in the towel. I really don't want to give him formula, but I just don't know what else to do.