I'm currently feeding my 13-week old by bottle (mostly 4-5 ounces of breast milk, but about one bottle each day is formula). I also do one or two breast-feeding sessions, but she still is not efficient at removing milk, so I don't think my breasts empty during those sessions, and they would take forever if I didn't eventually remove her or she falls asleep.
Anyway, I am only managing to pump about five times a day now. My question is: does it matter if some of the pumpings are only 1-2 hours apart and others are 4-5 hours apart during the day? (At night I'm now only pumping around 8pm and 11pm, and then not again until the morning, since she sleeps through the night and the 3am waking up was killing me, especially since I have noone helping me most of the time.)
Also, fwiw, I use the Medela Symphony and realized that my milk never started coming out during the "let down" setting, so now I immediately turn it to the other setting. I pump for about 20 minutes (or more if i get distracted) and usually get about 2.5-4 ounces per session during the day, and sometimes up to 7 ounces at the first morning session. I recently began taking the More Milk tincture, since my supply dipped about a week ago, but is now back up.
My goal is actually to substitute more bottle feedings with breast feeding, but she's just not able to get enough that way yet.
Thanks for any help on figuring out if my pumping schedule is ok or not.