I've been back at work about 5 weeks now. My baby is almost 4 months old. I'm working M-W-F in the office and T-Th from home. When I'm working from home, I mostly nurse but sometimes dad (who stays at home) will give a small bottle if I really need to focus and then I'll pump at my desk. I'm pumping every 2-3 hours at work and I pump a few times a week at home as well.
My first week back at work, I was pumping sometimes up to 8 oz in one session. Now I'm never getting more than 4. I've been keeping track of what baby eats and what I pump, and when I don't bring home at least as much as she ate in a given day, I will try to make up the deficit by pumping that evening. This has happened a several times. There were four times where I was unable to pump enough in the evening to make it up and I came up short by an ounce or two. Two of those times were in the past week. Most days I do manage to pump an ounce or two more than she ate that day.
In the last 5 weeks I've made exactly 12 oz more than she ate. However, an additional 25 oz have gone down the drain due to baby not finishing a bottle (some of that has been corrected as we work out strategies but some of it is unavoidable).
The difference between what I pump and what she ate has been decreasing though. More and more I'm coming up a couple of ounces short and pumping in the evenings. I'm also trying to pump after I nurse on the days that I work from home to try to stimulate my supply.
I have about 100 oz stored in the freezer so I have a bit of a cushion but I don't want to start depleting my stash because that would mean my supply is not keeping up with my baby. I am mainly concerned about when the baby starts daycare 5 days/week in another 5 weeks or so because I expect they are going to be throwing away more of my milk than my husband has AND I won't be working at home 2 days (where I can pump more freely and pump after nursing).
I'm not sure if I should be worried or not. I don't see how I'm going to keep up once baby is in daycare. I am not sure what to do about it except pump more on the weekends (I don't do a lot of that now) and maybe try to fit in an extra session at work (seems impossible).
One reason I'm so paranoid about this is because I had supply issues early on and it was pretty stressful to learn to breastfeed while supplementing every feeding with EBM, then formula, then working on my supply with the pump after every feeding, all at the same time. I need to remember that if I did need to supplement again, it would be more like sending a bottle of forumla to daycare, which is not such a big deal. But it seems like such a slippery slope and I don't really want to go there.
Sorry this is so long (and boring! ). I like to over-analyze everything if you haven't noticed. I am a scientist, I kind of can't help it. I think I'm mostly just frustrated and venting. But if anyone has any tips or similar experiences, I would love to hear from you. Thanks