Hi there, my DS is almost 8 weeks old and I have had to start pumping and bottlefeeding due to feeding issues. Long story short- he was doing great BFing until 2 weeks ago when he became hungry all the time and started biting and pulling off- so the pediatrician told me to pump and bottlefeed to monitor his intake. We've been doing this since Friday and he's doing great, finally satisifed.
Now, I do have a supply in the freezer, I had started building up my stores when he was 4 weeks old because I have a steroid injection scheduled for this Tues. and I needed a 5 day supply for afterwards, which I pretty much have saved up and cannot dip into because I have just enough for those 5 days.
So I've been pumping and bottlefeeding since Friday. He is currently taking 5 oz about every 3 hours (on his demand, not on any schedule), stretching every 4-5 hrs at night. I am pumping every 3 hours and only getting about 3 oz out of each breast each time, more in the morning and more out of my left than my right (but I think I have a clogged duct on that side, I have a loooong post in the 'breastfeeding your infant' section about that) Sometimes in the morning I'll get 5 oz out of the left side. The right side will give about 2 oz then stop, and the left seems to go on forever and never completely empty. I also noticed that where the left has about 4-5 "streams" coming out, the right only has 2, one strong and one weak (before when I would pump, they were pretty much equal)
Anyway, how often should/can I pump? I can't seem to get ahead of the game to build any additional milk stores or even have an extra bottle on hand for traveling with. I'm worried about going back to work (although I don't know when that will be because my back is in bad shape) and not having any backup milk stored unless I stay up all night pumping for weeks!
If I go for more than a couple hours, my breasts (especially that right one with the suspected clogged duct) get engorged but even when I pump then, I only get 3-4 oz. Is this amount normal? I'm guessing I will produce what he needs, which happens to be 5 oz, but will pumping more often bump up the production? I won't be able to pump every couple of hours when I return to work, I travel and my job is too demanding to allow for that.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!