Yeah I know, I talk about this a lot. My life almost revolves around pumping right now so hey, what do you expect??
Anyway. Yesterday I pumped over 8 ounces! Best pump day ever! I was so proud, Ben was only eating 10 and 2/3 of an ounce per day so I was closing the gap!
Today they upped his feedings to 45 ccs at a time, for a daily total of 12 ounces! Aaarrrgghhh! So I'm back to making about 2/3 of what he needs. Oh well, its still an improvement. In my middle of the night pumps I'm getting a full ounce each time which is exciting. If only I could do that every time I pumped. :)
They said even breast fed preemies usually go home on 2 feedings a day of formula, to get extra calcium and other stuff. So technically I only need to make 3/4 of what he needs.
Let me tell you all the crap I'm taking now: 12 pills of fenugreek, 3 of lecithin (to help me not get clogs; I've had 4 so far!), 6 of brewers yeast, and 6 of blessed thistle every day. I eat oatmeal almost every day for breakfast, and started drinking gatorade/powerade every day (allegedly it helps with hydration which helps with milk production). Oatmeal, fenugreek, blessed thistle, and brewers yeast are supposed to help with milk production. I also pump 10 times a day (11 yesterday!), including once at 1 a.m. and once at 4 a.m.
Nursing is really hit or miss. This morning he did so good, I only got 3 ccs out of the side he nursed on. Sometimes though I know he's just not doing a good job.
Anyway, I'm tired and I can't think of what else I was going to say. So bye!