Ursula - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )
I have a 13 week old daughter and I go back to work on Saturday (I'll only be working twice a month, but it's 13 hours shifts as an NICU nurse). My daughter switches from breast to bottle just fine and we have always only used EBM, never supplemented. I'm trying to give her more bottles per day in preparation for the long time we'll have apart on Saturday. When she wants to eat, I give her a bottle of thawed EBM and then pump myself and store it for Saturday (so she'll have some fresh milk, not just the older frozen milk from the freezer). When she drinks the EBM from the bottle she'll take anywhere from 3 to 5 oz and I only pump 2 to 3 oz..
I'm not sure if she's just eating it because it's there or because she's really that hungry. Maybe she needs more food and I need to try to increase my supply, I'm not sure. She always seems satisfied after just nursing and eats every 2 to 3 hours during the day and then usually sleeps 12 hours at night, waking once or twice to feed. Maybe if I give her more during the day she will drop a feed at night?
So my question is, should I try to increase my supply and let her eat whatever she wants from a bottle, or limit her on the bottle to however much I can pump? What is the best way of going about doing this?