You should follow the Care Plan to increase your milk supply until your baby is able to get a full feeding from your breasts every single time.
The rate of improvement will vary for each woman because the combination of your milk supply and your baby's skill are unique. You might need to follow the plan for 2 or 3 days or for a week or 2, but you shouldn't need to follow it for more than 2 weeks.
Your goal is to be giving your baby a bottle out of choice, not necessity. You should be able to go out during the day without taking your bottles and pump. In other words, you should be confident that your baby has the ability to get a full feeding from your breast each time.
There are certain signs that will tell you if you're on the right track to increasing your milk supply—signs that indicate you're getting to the point where you can begin to drop pumping sessions one by one. Here's how a situation typically goes:
You may need to take 2 weeks to wean yourself completely off pumping after feedings; slower and gradual is always better. That's because you'll want to make sure your baby is able to "drive" the supply on his own and he isn't doing well only because you've been keeping the supply up from pumping.
As we mentioned above, every mother and baby is different. Some moms can rely solely on their own milk they pumped for supplementation, while others will need to use formula.
This information is courtesy of Bravado Designs, the brand synonymous with women's breastfeeding success for 18 years.
Source: Heather Kelly is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)