Stacy - posted on 07/26/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
So, I have read a lot of the posts and read lots of websites and books and I am still not sure how much is 'normal' to be producing at each pump session.
I have a 5 month old and have been exclusively pumping for about 3 to 4 months. At first I pumped every 3 hrs, but now I really do only pump every 6 hours, so only 4 times a day in total, for between 15 to 20 minutes. I get around 3 to 4 ounces out of each breast, for a total of 6-8 oz in each session.
My son is not starving and is not needing me to supplement at all with formula. I have a freezer with about 30, 3 to 4 oz bags in it for when I am away for work. I do not feel stressed until I read that other people pump way more often that their children are eating a lot more than my son. He only takes about 4 oz at most feedings (occasionally he will want 5-8 oz when he seems to be going through a growth spurt) and is now eating first foods twice a day.
Do I need to be concerned that I am going to stop producing enough to satisfy him? I have never heard of anyone pumping so few times a day in all of the reading I have done and now I am getting concerned?? Everyone warns about if you don't pump enough you will stop producing, but I am not.
Any feedback would be appreciated.