So breastfeeding was going pretty well except for a few bumps in the road, which were resolved, and I have now started to pump at 4 weeks. I just bought a Phillips Avent, which I really like so far. My biggest issue is figuring out when to pump and the best way to do it to build up a milk supply. I will be going back to school in the spring, and there will be some times when I will not be home and a babysitter will need to be able to feed the baby using a bottle so I would like to have a decent amount of milk in my freezer.
About a week before I got the pump, I was producing so much milk I was flooding my bed at night and soaking through my clothes during the day. Now I suddenly feel like my milk production has toned down which is unfortunate because I now need to have this extra milk to pump. What I have started doing is pumping on the opposite side the baby is on while she nurses. The baby also used to be completely satisfied and full from feeding off of only one breast. So this is why I started pumping the opposite side because it seemed like such a waste when I would let down on both sides and LO only used one. I can sometimes get up to 4 ounces at a time on one side.
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. So as you can imagine, building up a backup supply isn't really working because she just drinks it! We never had this problem where I felt like she still needed to eat again after a feeding, but once I started with the pump the problem began. I can't imagine the pump is making me produce less milk, but I feel like my milk production has slowed down considerably. I don't even have the excess milk flooding the bed at night anymore (which I once hated but now wish was still happening!). 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 do not think it is my pump, because I am able to get so much at times and the suction feels fine. So what is the deal with my milk supply? I need it to build back up! How long does it usually take before a pump help increases your supply? What can I do?