My son was born premature. At the advice of the NICU staff, I literally pumped every 1-2 hours for the first month of his life (bad idea considering the amount of milk I had for my first son). By the time we got him home, I was making an extra 16-24 ounces a day and pumping that amount just to be comfortable. By the time I went back to work when he was 4 months, I already had 5+ cubic feet of frozen breastmilk and was out of storage. Through a lot of pain, I eventually stopped pumping at work, and we began to use "the reserve" in my husband's words. I continued to feed my son before work, when I got home, and at bedtime while we were getting rid of the frozen stuff.
The "little guy" is now 10 months old. He is drinking 32+ ounces of breastmilk a day in addition to eating 5+ jars of second foods and table foods. The frozen milk is quickly dwindling (finally) as I've only been making 8-12 ounces daily this past week. This is in spite of me instituting a pumping regimen of 5:30 AM, 8 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM, him eating at 5 PM, and me pumping twice more in the evening. I'm pumping 20-30 minutes at a time with a Medela Pump-in-Style.
Suggestions to increase supply, or will things pick up soon since I have only been at this again for a week? Did I permanently mess things up by cutting back so drastically? I had really hoped to exclusively breastfeed this one until at least a year. Thanks ladies!