I have been back to work since September (LO is 8.5 mos old). I work 3 days per week and pump 3X each workday. I usually nurse around 6:30 am and pump at 9:30, 12:15 & 3, then nurse again around 6pm. DD drinks (3) 4-4.5oz bottles while I am gone, around the same times that I pump (ideally). I almost always pump enough from my 3 sessions but lately I am having to pump for 30-35min to get enough. I get about 5.5-7oz the first session, 4-5 at the second, and 3-3.5 at the third (is it normal to get less & less each time?). I also pump each night before bed & consistently get 3-4oz then (sometimes more). With the night pumping, I have more than I need for her bottles so I am considering dropping to 2 sessions at work and pumping around 10am & 2pm. DD would still be drinking her 3 bottles.
I am not trying to pump wean yet, but I'm getting pretty frustrated by all the time I spend pumping at work (close to 3hrs a day total with set up & clean up). I just wonder if 2 (maybe longer) sessions might be a better use of my time. My only worry is that my supply will decrease and I won't have enough for LO on the days that I'm home with her (we nurse on demand at home). Also, my pump irritates my nipples (have tried lots of things to remedy this & it's tolerable, but I think that cutting out a session would help).
Just curious what others' experiences are with this. I want to nurse to at least a year, then we'll see what DD wants to do after that I am more than willing to keep the 3 sessions if it's the best thing to do, but I would love to drop down to 2 if I can (without hurting my supply). Should I just try it for a week or 2 and see what happens?
Also, one more thing...I work Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, and it seems like every Monday I get 1-2 extra for the day, but by Thursday I come up a little short. Is it normal to pump less later in the week?
Thanks so much for reading!