I'm new to the forum - just found it today (yay!) - so forgive me if I don't know all the jargon yet!
Short story: Eli was born on June 13th and was in the NICU for 10 days. I pumped from day 1. I tried to get him directly to the breast full-time, but it didn't work out for us. (I've learned a lot about a lot since then!) Anyway, pumping exclusively is working out great for us right now.
I pump about 40+ oz per day (6 pumps). He is eating between 24 and 28 ounces, so I freeze the rest.
We went to the doctors today for our first round of shots, and the pediatrician seems to think that Eli should be sleeping through the night ("8 hours for an 8 week old baby") at this point. I have never heard anything like this before. He is starting to sleep a little more - last feeding at 11 and feeds again around 3 or 3:30 on a good night.
My question is this: how should I organize feedings to try to get him to sleep longer at night (in terms of quantity and length of time between)? I was thinking 4 oz - seven times a day - 3 1/2 hrs apart or so. But I don't know how to adjust to wean him away from that middle of the night feeding. More at last feeding? What if he still wants the middle of the night feeding - give less at that one?
I love pumping, but it's hard to figure out how much to give and when!
Thanks for any input/advice/suggestions/comments!