From the beginning I was worried about pumping because I was afraid of an oversupply and I didn't want to give dd bottles if I could help it. A friend of mine told me to pump from the beginning, and that she always did and had 2x as much as she needed, but she worked so I understood. but might that create an over supply problem? What do other people do? im a sahm so I didn't see the need to have a stock pile of bm but after what happened last time Im wondering what I should do. I would love to just bf directly and not have to worry but I don't know if that is realistic... any advice?
Generally you'll make as much as you need if you keep putting baby to the breast and don't put your body through too much otherwise. Focus on feeding baby above dealing with pumping, once that is worked out you could do a little if it's not a hassle. If you pump a bottle each day, same time each day (morning is easiest) your body will get used to making enough for that bottle's worth, too. It might be good to have about 32oz in the back of the freezer just in case something happened to separate you and baby, do it each day for a week or 2 getting a little at a time. Maybe in that 4-6 weeks old time before a big growth spurt, then baby will welcome the extra supply when you stop pumping.
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13