bumpinnumber4GuestOctober 26, 2021 at 1:03 am
Just for clarification, you are EBF baby right now? If so, that would mean you are pumping at least 6 oz extra a day over what baby needs to sustain itself and grow. A lot of moms would consider this to be amazing!
I hate pumping, as in despite it completely and fantasized about running over my pump with my car towards the end of last baby’s time on breastmilk. I think with my last baby that I didn’t even break out the pump until 4-6 weeks postpartum. Even then, I didn’t pump more than twice a day on top of nursing baby until I went back to work. Once back at work, I tried to pump the same number of times a day as bottles that baby was taking at daycare. However, by the end I definitely was slacking, as I knew my freezer stash at that point would help fill any gaps.
Milk supply can definitely fluctuate day to day and being able to measure it by pumping added a lot of stress for me. Increasing my water intake always helped. I also found that my hormones around the time of my cycle (which returned way too soon for my liking) also cause a dip in pumping output. Also, even when I thought I had found the magic combination of settings on my pump, I would occasionally have to adjust them to assist with output and emptying completely. If you are concerned and have access to a lactation consultant, it is always nice to touch base with them.
Of course every baby and body is different, but it sounds like you are off to a good start!