I am aware that the best way to increase your milk supply is to direct-feed your baby as often as possible, and when you're away from your baby, to express milk at least every 2-3 hours. I try and pump at work every 2-3 hours, but as all working mom knows, it's hard to follow such schedule because of the workload.
Right now, I pump 5 times a day, roughly around these times:
before going to work (around 8-9am)
then another one around 9-10 when I get home, depending on LO's last feeding time before I got home
At every session, I get around 3-4oz. If I get lucky, I get 6oz before I go to work. So that makes around 20oz a day. But my baby is starting to consume more than that now.
Somebody said that the average amount of milk you can express is 2-4oz each session. Anything more than that is considered as an "oversupply". Is that true? And to increase supply, add another pumping session. But in the sked I mentioned, I'm not sure how I can still add one more pumping session. Unless I wake up in the middle of the night to pump. But that would mean I won't be getting enough sleep, which I believe will further affect my milk production.
And to think that I'm using an Avent manual. I won't be getting my Ameda Purely Yours until around 2nd week of July, because it will be shipped to my by a friend from California (I'm from the Philippines, by the way). In the meantime, I have to make do with my manual pump and battle with increasing my milk supply AND the exhaustion I get after each pumping session.
I need your suggestions on how I can increase my milk supply. I really want my baby to be 100% breastfed.