I have a few questions wrapped up in one but since it's all coming up around pumping I'm posting it here. I have found this site SO HELPFUL - just reading other people's posts has taught me so much - so thank you!
My LO is now 7 weeks and gaining weight well (5lb 15oz at birth, probably around 10-11 pounds now). I have started pumping once a day to allow my DH to give a bottle in preparation for my return to work in 5 weeks. When I pump I always get 1.5 oz on the right and anywhere from 2.5 to 5 oz on the left. We have always given him 3.5 oz on a bottle no matter how much I actually pump and he seems satisfied with this - at his size it seems too much to give him 6 oz if I pump that much.
I have wondered on and off about OS as my LO spits up A LOT (and gained weight very quickly at the start) - but he doesn't otherwise seem troubled (coughs occasionally, less as he grows older, no fussing at the breast, clamping down).
So I have a few questions:
Can I have OS in just my left breast? If I do, will this resolve on its own or is there something I should be doing to remedy the situation (I am a bit hesitant to try to decrease supply before returning to work)?
How long should I pump for? After 5 minutes I already have pretty much the full amount of milk I will get but lately I've been doing 10 as it better mimics what my LO does. Is this right?
In wondering what to expect when I return to work. . . will my LO need more milk over time? I have read on kellymom that he will not - but an LC told me that he will and a friend back at work also said her LO was wanting more and more milk. I'm confused on this point.