My son is 2 months old today and will be 3 months when he goes to daycare. At first he'll be there Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from ~8am-6pm. Right now I pump once a day, after his mid-morning feeding (usually ~10am), in order to build up a supply to freeze. I usually get 4-5 oz. between both breasts, even after he's fed -- sometimes as much as 9-10 oz. if he doesn't feel like eating much.
When I go back to work in 4 weeks, I'll only be able to pump twice a day, so will do that about the same mid-morning time and again mid-afternoon. It will end up being about 4 hours between feeding/pumping during the daytime on those three days. What I've noticed is I seem to have a LOT of milk in the mornings, and if he doesn't eat much I'm uncomfortable until that 10am feeding & pumping session. I'm worried that *not* feeding him and just pumping when I'm at work will be even worse, comfort-wise. I also had mastitis once a few weeks ago and really don't want that again.
I was thinking I should maybe stop the post-feed pumping session a week or so before I go back to work, so I'm not making quite as much milk when I'm back. I'll nurse him exclusively on the days I'm working from home and on the weekends, so hoping I won't have any supply issues - never have so far, with my first either.
Does this seem like it will work, or do others have suggestions?? Also worried about discomfort once he starts sleeping through the night, but luckily he's still up at least once a night so I'm not engorged or anything when I wake up. I know we are supposed to adjust to the demand but my body doesn't seem to get the message all that quickly.