So I've returned to work 2 days/ week, and will be going back full time in the fall. The issue for me is how much to pump. I leave the babysitter with 8 ounces for the 6 hours I am gone- and most of the time he drinks all of it. So far, I've just been doing "replacement pumps"- pumping when the sitter tells me he's eating, so I stay on the same schedule. The problem is I am barely (just barely) making 8 oz while I'm gone... and the second pump I make considerably less than the first pump. (I have a super fancy double electric)... I've been reading that perhaps I should be pumping more often to make sure I make up for the milk the pump can't clear? Or adding an extra pump at night after he goes to sleep to make up for the loss over the day? I'm mainly worried about two things:
1) My supply going down because I'm replacing feedings with pumpings.
2) Making sure he has enough milk for the baby sitter the next day. I have a moderately sized freezer stash, but pumping to replace each day is important so I don't slowly dwindle my stash to nothing.
Hints and tips would be welcome! Overall, he's getting enough milk, and certainly we're EBF all the other days, so hopefully that helps the issue.