Re: Issues with coordinating feeds/pumping
Just so you know, it's 100% normal for milk production to decline so that it meets baby's needs very precisely, without a lot of extra left over. Making extra is convenient for pumping, but it's not really something your body wants to be doing because it's a waste of energy and increases your risk for plugged ducts and/or mastitis.
I suddenly feel like my milk production has toned down which is unfortunate because I now need to have this extra milk to pump.
Wow, that's a LOT of milk to get from just one breast. This link explains what typical production is (and also how to boost your production using the pump, if that's what you choose): http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html
I can sometimes get up to 4 ounces at a time on one side.
Okay, this is probably not a good idea, for the following reasons:
About a day after we started doing this, LO now seems like she is still hungry after one side and she will scream and cry until my boyfriend feeds her what I just pumped. Last night I fed her from one side, pumped the other, then had to feed her what I pumped and then another 4 ounces that I had previously pumped that morning.
1. Any supplementing you do, even if it's with your own milk, can impact your supply because the baby empties the breast better than the pump. When you supplement, you tell your body "Hey, don't bother increasing production, you're doing just fine."
2. 4 oz is a large amount of milk to offer by bottle, especially if the baby has just nursed. At just a month old, most babies are still eating 2-3 oz during an entire feeding.
3. Your baby may be hungry- or she may just be fussy. Fussy evenings are very typical in young babies, and while a large bottle of milk can put them to sleep, there are other strategies you probably should try first (nurse more, rock, wear baby in a swing, take her outside, give her a bath, etc.)
4. Your baby may be going through a growth spurt (You'll hear that there's a big one at around 3 weeks but they can come at any time) and during a spurt you want to be nursing as much as possible, in order to boost production.
What I personally think you should do if this situation repeats is to just keep putting the baby to the breast, even though you may have just nursed and pumped and you may feel as if the breast is empty. But it's not. Milk is always being made and your baby can get it if she tries hard enough, which she may stop doing if she discovers that fussing gets her a bottle.
It's normal for milk production to fluctuate over the course of the day, as Prolactin levels rise and fall. Most moms notice they have the most milk early in the morning, which is when many moms who are building a stash choose to add a pumping session- just because the milk is so easy to get at.
I am trying to pump pretty frequently, but it seems like I hardly have any milk now. In the mornings I am able to get a lot of milk and LO is still satisfied feeding from one breast. This morning I got almost 4 ounces on one side and LO ate off the other and fell right asleep after for several hours. In the afternoon, my milk supply seemed like it had been cut in half from what it was in the morning. So now I am not sure what to do because it seems like LO is no longer getting full and pumping seems to not be getting me too far.
I think what you may want to do is stop pumping while nursing. Nurse, make sure your baby is satisfied, and then pump both sides after she's done. That might help you balance baby's need to nurse with your need to pump.
You said you had a Phillips Avent. I googled and they make 3 types of pump. Do you have a dual electric or a single electric or a manual? I don't know for sure but just from looking at the pics I'm thinking this isn't the most hard-core pump on the market. You may need to try a different make/model- I know a lot of moms who must really rely on their pumps use a Medela Pump in Style.
I do not think it is my pump, because I am able to get so much at times and the suction feels fine.
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