Hello! I am new to this site but have been reading through some of the questions and responses and am in need of some assistance. After exclusively breastfeeding my daughter for five weeks, I have switched exclusively pumping and giving her a bottle. This was a very hard decision but one that I am now glad I made. She would nurse non-stop during the day to the point that it was difficult to sit her down just to go to the bathroom. I believe this was because she would nurse for a minute or two, fall asleep then awaken and nurse again. Anytime that I tried to remove my nipple from her, she would wake up and get very upset with me. Not to mention that she would spit up an awfully lot when on the breast and isn't spitting up so much now that she's on the bottle.
Now that she's taking a bottle, she's more satisfied and I am able to get a break from those non-stop feedings. However, I've run into a new problem. When I first began pumping, I was able to pump a total of 4-6 ounces every three hours. Now, I'm only able to pump a total of 3-3.5 ounces every three hours. I'm not sure what has caused the dip in supply as I'm still pumping on a strict schedule. I do allow myself to go a little longer in the evenings/early mornings as my daughter has just recently started sleeping for a 6 hour stretch each night. I have recently changed from an Evenflo electric pump to the dual PIS Medela pump, could this be the reason for the decreased supply? At the moment, I have enough milk in the freezer to add to my daughters bottles to make up for the difference she needs but am starting to deplete my reserves!
I REALLY would like to avoid introducing any formula into her diet even as a supplement but I can't just let her go hungry. I should also mention that she's currently gaining weight well. She weighed 7lbs. 10oz at birth (on 12/20/05) and she's presently 12lbs, 8oz. She just seems insatiable sometimes, I think this may be because she was born two weeks early and is making up for lost time but, that's just speculation on my part. Any suggestions that any of you have would be greatly appreciated as I'm not sure how to correct this.