Re: Starting back to work tomorrow....questions!!
I would give this to your providor:
there is a pdf link in there you can print out. I would definitely encourage them to use a pacifier after a bottle if you think it was enough and your baby still wants to suck. I don't think a baby will be happy with the pacifier if they are actually hungry.
The answers to your other questions, for me are:
(1) I store mine in my cooler bag in the fridge at work. Sometimes I remember to put the freezer thing in the freezer as well, sometimes I just leave it in the fridge in the bag all day. I like to keep mine in the fridge because I have a lipase issue and I think my milk will go bad faster if it is not kept cold enough. Plus - if you have access to a fridge, why not?
(2) I'm away from my baby from 7:00 to 5:30, so a bit longer than you. I leave her with 12 ounces. She usually drinks 10 to 12, sometimes a bit more. The most she has ever drank was 16 ounces, and that's the most I would feel comfortable with. I sent her with several 2.5 ounce bottles at the beginning. Now I send her with several bottles that are anywhere from 3 to 4 ounces.
Pumping - if you can pump to empty, that will be best. If not, and you have to quit at 15 minutes, then just pump for the whole time. This is where that fridge will also come in handy. You can throw the pumping gear in a bag and put it in the fridge, then just pump into it again at your next breaks and then bring it home to wash at the end of the day.
We have a sink right next to our fridge at work, so I rinse the horns and stuff off, but if it wasn't so convenient, I would just store it in the fridge.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months