Amy (amyura) wrote in pumpingmamas,

Supply issues

Okay, so I have what I consider a good supply. I'm pumping almost twice as much each day as my baby is eating (she eats about 24 ounces a day, I'm pumping 50 ounces a day, sometimes more). The freezer is overfull to the point where we're going out tonight to buy one of those freestanding freezers, for the sole purpose of keeping my milk. In less than three weeks at home, I've frozen 280 ounces of milk and there's another 32 or so in the fridge.

At the same time, I'm exhausted. All I do is feed her, change her, wash diapers and bottles, and pump. I'm pumping every 3-4 hours and getting 6-10 ounces a session.

Given my oversupply of milk combined with my need for more sleep, how safe would it be to decrease pumping frequency? Should I not even go there, given that Julia is only 3½ weeks old, I'm planning to breastfeed for at least a year, and who knows what'll happen to my supply once I go back to work in two months?

Thoughts? Advice?

(cross-posted to crnchychristian, pumpingmamas and exclusivepump
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