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Every women is so totally different it's hard to compare.
Keep in mind now that you're trying to pump in addition to nursing your baby, and since you're supply is likely already regulated to Clara's demand, it will be hard to get more than that with the pump. When you return to work, you will be pumping instead of nursing. Most of that milk that had been going into Clara's tummy during the day will go into the bottle.
Pumping takes practice. You will get better over time as you figure out what you need to do to perform for the pump. Many women seem to need to look at pictures of the baby and hold a piece of the baby's clothes. Personally, I was the opposite: I did best while surfing the web or reading about something unrelated.
I recommend you find yourself a copy of Nursing Mother, Working Mother. It gives a "recipe" for establishing your stash.
So, in answer to your question: Karen took anywhere between 2-25 oz in a day. It was totally unpredictable. I brought home 9-13.5 oz a day, with the variation being if I pumped 2 or 3 times. It was totally a tortise and hare sort of thing -- I was slowly and steadily bringing home milk, and Karen was sprinting through the supply and napping by the sideline. I did have about a month when Karen was 3 months old where I added pumps on the weekends and first thing in the am.
Try oatmeal adding oatmeal to your diet. It works so well with my supply that it took 6 weeks to wean myself from pumping during the day!