Jeannette - posted on 01/22/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )
I am pumping after about 2 feedings a day, so I can build my supply up for when I have to go back to work. I usually get 3 to 4 ozs. a day, so I fill a bottle in 2 days. My question is since my son only eats off one breast a feeding, would it be a bad idea to let him eat off say my left breast for two feedings in a row, and after the second one I would pump my right one, that way I would get more milk? Then next feeding I would put him on the right breast. I was just thinking that if I did that once a day, it may help increase my "stockpile." I know that you need to have the baby sucking to help produce more milk, so I wasn't sure if my milk would decrease if I let two feedings go by without him eating off of a breast. But then again, at night he sometimes goes 7-8 hours without eating. Also, I've been filling my bottles an bags to 6 ozs, just because I am not sure how much he will drink. But a lot of things I read say to only do 4 ozs. He is 9 weeks old, but I figure if I don't go back to work until he is 3 or 4 months, he may need more milk. What are your suggestions? Thank you so much for your help.