i just returned to work, i usually do 3 12 hour night shifts (7p-7a), but i am only doing 8 hours for the first 2 weeks (11p-7a). my son is 11 weeks old and he nurses well, i am concerned about keeping up with supply for bottles while at work. i am getting between 5 - 6 oz each time i pump, but my husband says he will eat up to 8 oz when he gets up. so far i have been able to nurse him to sleep around 9:30, then i leave for work at 10 pm. he gets up around 3 and eats 8 oz, then he is up at 6, i get home at 7:30, my husband tries to have him hold off so i can nurse, but db really gets upset. he always has nursed again when i get home (and then all day). my concerns are this:
1. will i have enough pumped when i go back to 12 hour shifts? he usually nurses almost constantly during daytime (every 1-2 hours) if he is taking 8 oz at a time and he wants to eat every hour or 2, that is alot to try to pump
2 my husband tried today to let me sleep a little and give him another bottle, it was 4pm, he ate 8 oz, then was still hungry, so he woke me up, he nursed for about 30 minutes (aggresively) then fell asleep, he was up again by 5:30 starving. will i ever be able to pump enough not just for work, but so i can sleep a few hours? as of now, we co-sleep, and i just keep him in bed he can somewhat self latch, so that works well
i was never concerned about supply before because i always seem to have enough, pumping is my problem.
3 when i pump, it is about 5 -6 oz, but it comes out in about 8 minutes, then i get nothing, if i hand express, there is still milk coming out, but not from the pump. i work in a hospital, so i have access to a medela hospital grade pump (there is an employee pumping room) i have no problem with letdown ( i am usually leaking before i even start to pump) i have been pumping at least 2 times per 8 hour shift, is that enough? we haven't ran into milk supply issues yet, but what if he wakes up more at night? and i don't have enough for him to eat so i can sleep during day. any other nightshift working/pumping moms with advice?
thanks for any help, amy