I want to pump every now and then to have some stored milk so my dh can feed lo when necessary but I don't want to increase my supply so that I start to get engorged. If I just pump every once in a while with this affect my supply or should I do it regularly in order to store up enough? Also, if my dh feed lo in the night and I sleep an extra hour or so then get up to pump a little later in between feedings will that make me engorged? So new at this, my lo is only 5 days old but trying to think about the future of bottle feeding expressed milk when he's a little older.
edit: Some people say you can teach your body to skip a feeding without getting engorged. Like if you let dh feed and you sleep a little longer over time your body will learn it doesn't need that feeding anymore. Anyone have luck with that?
I agree, you can eventually skip a feeding and let hubby give a bottle, but this early on, unfortunately its pretty much you. YOu have to make yourself do it, even through being exhausted, because at this stage its how you establish your supply.
After around 4 weeks or so, then you can try to drop a feeding and let hubby give a bottle. You may get a little engorged for a day or so until your body recognizes the dropped feeding. As for pumping, the best time to pump for extra milk is during the night or first thing in the morning. When I was on maternity leave, after 4 weeks, Ipumped first thing in the morning every day, and I now pump 3 feedings worth in just that one session. The rest of the day is only one feed at a time (pumping at work). Your body makes the most and richest milk overnight, so that's pretty much the best time to pump extra milk for bottles.
What do you mean by establish my milk supply? I am making a lot of milk, often it comes out so fast lo gurgles and coughs on it and it runs down my stomach. Do you mean just my body regulating how much I need to make in coordination with lo? Right now, his feeding habits are not that regular but my body is managing to make enough but not too much.
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