Re: How often to double pump for a one-sider?
I have similar issues as you -- relatively oversupply, single side nurser, relatively short work days (at least when I went back initially...now things are busier). Anyways, I think there are a couple of options, all of which will probably work.
-One option would be to double pump at 12, then single pump the breast you won't be using at 4. Could you pump in the car on the way home? Then you'd be back in rhythm.
-Another would be to just go with the flow, offer the first when you get home and make sure you switch sides each day, so everything is fairly even. If you have one side that is the real overproducer, you could even not offer that one first; it might make you at risk for plugged ducts in the short term but may even out your supply in the long term.
- If you are struggling with oversupply I'm not sure I would pump at 11 and 2. My pump makes my oversupply worse, which thankfully we have enough freezer room, but still it screwed me up for when I was off and feeding on demand. You could start by pumping once a day and then as your supply regulates you could add a second session if you needed, especially as you get back into the rhythm of work.
DS Ethan 12/16/2008
Breast fed/pumped 11 months as a surgical resident, 80 hours a week at work
DS Abram Daniel 12/20/2012
Feel like we've gotten a strong start