I know there used to be a HUGE thread about this (might have been a couple years ago I'm not sure lol...I went WAY back and couldn't find it). Hoping to get some tips from people who have BTDT.
I am putting baby on the breast EVERY feeding, but, she is removing little to no milk, and it is looking like it may be a long time before she is able to latch/suck effectivily so I need to keep my supply up (actually I think I'm a bit behind the game now, but, hoping to catch up...I think I have a good supply, but, I started with oversupply and wish I would have maintained that..I just kept thinking that DD was nursing better and yesterday got news she is not and may not for some time still)
Anyway, I've pumped at work/school for my first 2 kids in the past, and I am pretty good with the actual pumping - in fact with this baby sometimes my milk lets down as soon as I look at the pump (far throw from not being able to let down at all when I was pumping for DS1). I am doing some things to make it easier, like leaving my pump set up and refridgerating the flanges so I don't have to constantly wash.
I do have some logistical questions though...
Currently a feeding looks like: nurse for about 20mins (10 each side), followed by 2oz bottle (about 45mins on average), followed by pump 15mins (I'm getting around 1.5-3oz so far during these pumping sessions - I get more during the times I have been pumping sicne she was born (12/9)..I get milk for about 10mins and the last 5 (sometimes last 10) is "dry" pumping.
So I am pumping enough each time for one feeding. That said, the ENTIRE process of feeding the baby/pumping is taking about 1 1/2-2 hours and then we have to feed her again at 3 hours...I've only increased the pumping yesterday afternoon and I am already so exhausted! I would really like to pump every other feeding and pump enough milk for 2 feedings...is there a way I can get to that point? Will it cause problems when/if we transition to her getting her nutrition from the breast? I will also be pumping at work soon, so I think I might as well try and match my current pumping schedule as close to that schedule as I can, you know?
Also, what do you do when you are out? I do have a car adapter...but what about if you go to someone's house, or a public event...shopping...whatever. Do you skip a pumping session? If not, what do you do? If you do skip does your supply suffer?
Also wondering (regarding bottle feeding), what is typical intake for a 5 week old? The pediatrician said to start with 2oz and increase if she finishes a bottle...the LC said to give her 2oz all the time and try to push her to finish it (but to stick with 2oz). She takes an average of 1/2 ounce from the breast (based on before and after feed weights) and she actively sucks at the bottle for about 1/4 ounce and then just holds it in her mouth and occasionally sucks....she usually falls asleep after about 1/2-1 ounce from the bottle, then I will let her rest for 5mins or so before waking her to finish the rest....I want her to get plenty (she still has not regained her birth weight), but, I do not want to overfeed her either and get her obese or cause a problem when I attempt to transition her to breast only feedings (not sure when/if that will be at this point - thankfully she seems to LOVE to nurse - she just isn't very good at it yet lol).
Thanks and sorry if this is repetitive!