Need a little advice on managing part time work, pumping, and freezing...
Here's the situation: My baby (my first) is 12 weeks old, and we've been breastfeeding very successfully, but my maternity leave is over and now I have to go back to work. Luckily I start back part time, three days/week. For the last half of my leave, I did one pumping session per day in the morning and froze most of it. I discovered I'm one of those "high capacity" gals and get 10-12 oz per session. I am wondering, once back at work, is it necessary or beneficial to continue with the once daily morning pump sessions? Or at this point, should I just leave the pump at the office and use it only on those three days/week when separated from baby?
My freezer stash is about 450 oz, which seems like a ton to me, but my friends all say "You'll be surprised how fast it goes!" Some sources warn that supply can drop once you go back to work... so should I keep pumping daily to keep saving more milk, in case my supply suddenly drops due to being separated from the baby? Or should I trust that my little piglet will keep the supply up just fine during the 4 days (and 7 nights) per week we are together? I don't mind the pump, per se, but there's no point taking it to extremes if I'll just be accummilating excess that will go to waste (and I can think of better things to do with that 20+ mins each day).
If I do cut out the extra daily morning pump session, should I expect engorgement? Will there be an unevenness in my breast fullness between the days I work/pump vs the days I'm home with baby and don't pump?
Thanks for the advice.