Re: Going back to work
Good for you for committing to this even with known challenges at work.
Here's great reference material for volume of milk when away http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/
Our first nanny overfed. To be honest she did not work out. Our second nanny is a feeding pro. Very experienced and has been perfect from the start. Talk openly with your caregiver. If you're not comfortable with the conversation and s/he is putting up resistance, try to find someone who is receptive to your guidance or knows how to care for an EBF baby. This is YOUR baby. I now know that caregivers who want to do it their way or don't already have an approach that works for me simply aren't for me.
Regarding cleaning the pump. I've read on this forum that you can pump and place the pump in the fridge when you're done. You can retrieve from the fridge and re-use same day. I absolutely do this when I'm in a hurry at work. I throw in a ziploc or wrap in paper towel, put in my insulated lunch bag in fridge and don't work about cleaning it till I get home. I also use Medela steamer bags, which I buy at target. 2 min to steam clean in the microwave and the bag can be used 20 times. Just follow instructions carefully.
1st time mom over 40 to Alex(andra) b: 7/14/12