So I was under the impression that the more often you nurse and pump, the more milk you'll produce. That doesn't seem to be happening for me.
My daughter (almost 4 mo) is on a 3.5 hr schedule and eats 5 times a day, and sleeps 10 hours at night. Dr says she's doing great - 90th percentile!
This is how our schedule goes right now (and we've been doing this for 2 weeks):
first feeding, followed by pumping because she doesn't empty me in the AM
pump again 1.5 hours later
then I alternate feedings with pumping the rest of the day finally pumping one last time right after she goes to bed.
BUT, starting with her 3rd feeding I have to supplement with some of what I've pumped during the day because I begin to run out, then I finally have to give her formula because at her last feeding I've got almost nothing left and we've gone through what I've pumped. I'm not able to store anything!
I THOUGHT that after a few days, a week maybe, I'd be able to feed her and store milk for when we go out of town. Not so much!
I re-read some articles and this is what I'm going to do starting tomorrow:
feed, pump right after, pump 1.5 hours later, simply breastfeed the rest of the day and pump at the end of the day after she goes to bed.
My HOPE is I won't have to supplement at all during the day again and I will be able to store some milk and I won't have to feed her formula.
Does this sound like a good plan? Will it work?
I'm so frustrated right now I can't even think straight about this anymore. I'm so jealous of a friend of mine who was able to store like 10 bags of milk! A friend of hers stored 60 bags! How the heck do people do this? I just don't get it.