So I have a four week old that I currently bf. She is still quite small, albeit not alarmingly so, but we are going back to the doc Thursday for her one month apt and we may have to supplement with pumped milk to get her weight up. Currently, I have a medela pump in style advanced that I have use to pump here and there when and if I have been out or separated from my baby.
I want to start a supply for going back to work. I will go back no earlier than January but I could be a but longer at home. I just want to have a base for myself. When is best to pump? Multiple times per day or once? Also, logistically, how do you pump if you want to store 4 oz or more but only get 1-2 oz per pumping? Can I pump into the same bottle through the day or should I just mix them at the same temperature once have the amount I want?
Pumping seems super confusing to me, and I'm getting a little anxiety about being able to pum enough for going back to work and knowing how to balance it all.