This is my first week back to work and it has been filled with challenges, self doubt and absolute exhaustion!
My son is now 4 months and I don't know how much he should be eating at daycare. I wake him up at 5:45 am to breastfeed and drop him off at daycare at 6:30 am with 4 bottles 4 oz each. On average, he's been eating about 7 oz until I pick him up at 5:30! When I get home, I breastfeed him, he goes to bed at 7 pm and his dreamfeed at 10pm is usually 5 oz which he downs easily. He gets up at 3 am again and nurses for a solid 20 minutes. I know that there are some initial adjustments with him getting use to the bottle... but 7 ounces over 11 hours just seems too little!
I am also concerned that my supply has been less and less each day... I pump twice each day at work. On Monday I pumped a solid 18 ounces, and today I felt like I struggled to barely get 16 ounces... I pump an additional two times at home... Once after the morning feeding, and once right before I sleep around 10 pm. When the weekend comes, should I breastfeed or should I stick with pumping? What can I do to maintain my milk supply?
I hope that I can get some good feedback. It has been an exhausting week! I have to say I had no idea that a nursing working mom would be so much work and be so exhausting... Props to all you mommies out there!