So, my DS is almost 7mo, and I go back to work full-time a week from today.
I have been home with him since birth, and I nurse on demand. I do work two afternoons a week for a few hours, so I leave a 4.5oz bottle for him to have while I'm away. I know that's probably on the large side, but it's only been twice a week, so I'd rather he have too much than not enough.
Now that I'm going to be pumping at work, I need to figure out how much to send with him, or more specifically, what serving sizes. We will be apart for nine hours, so if I calculate, he should need about 13.5oz if he takes in 1.5oz an hour. I plan to nurse before we leave in the morning (730am), pump at work at 1030am, 1pm, and 330pm, and nurse when we get home and on demand for the night. Should I send 3 4.5oz bottles, or make them smaller? If I go with the larger serving size, they can always offer the rest at the next feeding if he doesn't eat it all, right? I'm just worried about possible overfeeding or wasting that precious stuff.
Basically, I'm super anxious about being away from him and need some general guidelines about how to do this right and reassurance that I'll be able to produce enough to keep him satisfied while we're apart.