My son is 2 1/2 weeks old. He was born at 37 weeks and spent the first week of his life in NICU. Because of that, I pumped, but not EVERY 3 hours. Since we brought him home, I pump while my husband feeds him, although I have bfed him in the early AM hours (I still pumped afterwards) a few times.
My question is this, my son only eats about 5 times a day from a bottle and he eats 4-5 ounces at a time. The pediatrician is happy with his weight gain and how much he is eating. So, if he eats 5 times a day and I pump 5 times a day, is my milk going to dry up? I have been so terrified that it will that I have been keeping track of how much I pump every day. I am talking excel spreadsheets and all! On average I pump 5-6 ounces at a time. What do I do to make sure that I have enough milk? I plan on bfing him a couple times a day pretty soon. I also plan on pumping after bfing him. I double pump with an older PIS. It used to take me a LONG time to get 5-8 ounces (like 45-60 minutes). Now I pump in 15-20 minutes and get between 5-6 ounces. What do I do when my boy starts to eat more? I can keep up with him now and we have a ton of milk in the deep freeze. He will continue to eat from a bottle, so I will not be only bfing him. Daddy is like Rhett Butler with babies! Can I just put in an extra pumping time in there to make it 6 times a day? Or BF him between pumping? If I add an extra pump time, how long does it need to be? Do I just pump until there is no milk, or pump a little longer? Sometimes my boobs tingle and hurt between pumping sessions. What should i do then? What does this mean? I don't get this feeling when I have pumped or bf. I don't feel or sense anything then. I have noticed that my milk comes A LOT faster than it used to when I pump and that I finish a lot faster too.
Well, that's it, at least for today! Thanks for reading!