As hard as it's been, I have successfully breastfed my baby now for 10 weeks. At 7 weeks I had to go back to work because I did not qualify for FMLA and had all kinds of problems with blocked ducts from not nursing so frequently anymore - but I have overcome that hurdle too, by allowing my LO to nurse while we sleep and learning to hand express before and after each pumping session. So my question has to do with something I noticed this last week when I kept forgetting pieces of my pump and missed pumping sessions until I could get the missing pieces during breaks. When I first returned to work I was pumping 5x a day: before work, 3x during work, and right before I went home, but this last week when I missed the first pumping session, I pumped the same amount (actually more) I would have gotten if I had not missed that session, and then yesterday I was unable to pump until lunch, only pumped 2x (not 5x) and still went home with almost the same amount of milk that I would get if I pumped more frequently.
So, what I am wondering is if I can cut down on my number of pumping sessions if I am still expressing the same amount of milk overall and not have it effect my milk supply? Is my body more responsive to nursing frequency or actual number of ounces extracted when determining how much milk to produce?