So today was my first day back. It went really well. I did shed a few tears but all in all it was good. I had around 350 emails to go through :eek:.
I immediately nursed Max when I got home and as I was nursing him he gave me a huge milky grin. It was wonderful!! He smiles all the time but he's never smiled while nursing. It was great.
Okay, so here's the confusing part....
Thus far, I've had zero problems having enough milk for Max. I've nursed on demand and even pumped while nursing for his first morning feeding (anywhere from 7-8am).
So today I nursed him around 6:30am and pumped at the same time. I was able to get 4oz while I nursed. I nursed him right before leaving him with my mom around 8:45. I pumped at 11:30 and got about 5oz total, pumped again at 2:30 and got 2.5oz total. I was going to pump at 4:30 but I was leaving work at 5 and my mom said he had just eaten shortly before 4 so I decided to hold off and nurse him when I got him. Well I wasn't able to nurse him again till 6. I also pumped while I nursed and got 1.5oz. So that's 13oz total.
I'll know in the morning how many ounces he ate throughout the day yesterday (my mom left the sheet at her work where she watches him so I don't know the exact number he ate) but I'm certain, no positive it was more than that.
I do have a small stash, I had about 35 ounces before today. I'm going to pick up some Fenugreek to help but here's my problem. Bear with me here....
On Monday's and Friday's I go in the office at 7 and get of around 3:30. Tues, Wed and Thurs I go in at 9:40 and I'm off at 5. I drop Max off at my mom's at 9 then take my older son to school. I reserved the lactation room (yes we have one, it's awesome!!) for 8:30, 11:30, 2:30 and 4:30. Obviously on Monday's and Friday's I won't utilize the 4:30 slot but and the other days I won't utilize the 8:30 slot. These are really the only times available as other mom's use the room too.
Should I pump at 4:30 regardless of if Max will need to eat by the time I get home? DH picks up the kids on the days I go in later (T,W and Th) and so I wouldn't be able to nurse him till 6 like I did today.
Sorry, I know this is confusing. I'm not opposed to supplementing with formula if/when that time comes but I'd really like to avoid it.
I plan on continuing to pump while I nurse him on the weekends for his morning feeding. Should I try and pump while I nurse at any available opportunity? I'm worried if I do that then I won't have enough for him for his next feeding.
Just an after thought, he nurses around 10:30 before going down and then sleeps for 4 hours. Should I try pumping while nursing num during that feeding?