Quick question: Can I change nursing/pumping schedules without affecting over all supply as long as I stick to the usual number of nursings/pumpings? Will my body respond to produce milk at the times I want to pump?
I am trying to avoid pumping at work (I work in a science lab around lots of chemicals). I have very flexible hours but would prefer to work for 6 hours straight and without nursing or pumping. I am trying to figure out a pumping schedule that will work to provide milk while I am gone for 6 hours.
I have read about how breasts are never empty but it seems to me that there is more milk in the morning and less in the evening. I tried pumping in the evening and got hardly anything and it definitely looked like skim milk. But in the mornings I need to nurse a hungry baby (she sleeps 9 pm to 7am) and am not sure how much I can pump without leaving her hungry.
I have been feeding on demand for the first 12 weeks and my babe’s usual schedule is to nurse around 7 am then either sleep or play for about 90 minutes and then nurse again. This morning I pumped from the breast she had just nursed on and the one she had not after the 7 am feed. When she tried to nurse again she seemed fussy and dissatisfied but I could see swallowing and she was spilling milk out of her mouth so she was getting something. Will my body be able to ramp up the morning milk production?
I am also trying to switch my baby’s schedule so she sleeps more while I am gone. Is this okay?