Hi ladies....I have mostly been a lurker on the this board, but I am now in need of some advice. I am a FTM and my LO is 15 weeks old. I have been back at work for about 4 weeks now. I have been sort EP'ing since about 4 week PP. I would nurse her when she would wake in the morning. Since being back to work I have been solely EP'ing because of time constraints in the morning. LO typically takes 3 bottles with 5oz during the day then 6oz bottles in the first and last bottle of the day. She has been STTN since about 8 weeks old. She was 9lb 10oz at birth and 13lbs at her 2 month check up. I would estimate she is around 15lbs now, we go back to the Dr. on the 15th for her 4 month check up.
Question 1: Do you think I am giving her too many oz? She just does not seem happy with 4oz. She cries and eats her hand, my shoulder, her bib anything until I give her more. I just worry that I am overfeeding her. Is that possible with a 3.5 month old? She eats about every 3 hours. I let her schedule her day so if she wanted to go longer between feedings that would be find, but she is normally hungry at the 3 hour mark.
Question 2: In the past week I have gone from pumping 5 to 6oz while at work to 3 to 4oz. At this rate she is eating more than I am pumping. I have started doing breast compressions during pumping session and nursing her for the evening feeding to try and increase my supply, but what else can I do. I also am curious, since I am only producing around 4oz at each pump, is this how much she should be eating, or is that just a crazy though? What else can I do to help pump more. I have a good stock pile stored in the freezer so if my supply goes down I should be fine for a bit. My sister started having supply problems around 6 months, but she is a SAHM and was able to nurse more. I just feel 3.5 months is too early to stop breastfeeding, even though I know she would be fine on formula. I would just like to give her breastmilk as long as possible.
Any suggestions or advice is appreciated! TIA!!!!