I was advised in the main forum to post this here, so forgive me if you read this there. DS is 4.5 mos old, exclusively BF, getting bottles of EBM at daycare. We have just discovered that he wants to eat a LOT more than we thought before. He has started napping much better since the daycare started giving him larger bottles before naps, and I have started not feeding him for a while before bedtime so he gets a large feeding right before bed and he has started sleeping a lot better at night. Yay!!!
Here's the problem. I don't pump well. I just don't produce that much when I am pumping. To keep up with what he was eating at daycare before (about 20 hrs per week in daycare), I was pumping while he was at daycare PLUS again at night every night before I go to bed. And then I was just breaking even. Now he is eating way more than he was before and I am falling behind. I am using a $200 Playtex pump that is supposed to be hospital grade; I don't think it is the pump.
The pediatrician and the daycare lady have both said that he is OK to start solids, by which they mean rice cereal. I am starting to think that I am stuck with a choice of either introducing solids or supplementing with formula while he is in daycare, because I can't keep up with him. The cooling pack that goes with my pump isn't even big enough to store that amount of milk. She is gave him 15 oz in 6 hours yesterday! And he is going to have to go full time from May 19 through the end of July and I will have less frequent opportunities to pump during that time; I don't think I can keep up.
So is there a way to make the pump suddenly work better (I don't have problems when he is nursing, just when I am pumping)? Or should I supplement with formula or start him on rice cereal?