My baby is 5.5 months old. I know that the amounts shouldn't really change over time before 6 months, but here's the deal: I always used to send like 10 ounces for the 8 hours of separation but he always came home with an ounce or two left in the bottle. He was never forced to take more - if he was happy and didn't want more, she didn't push him. Which is great. The thing is, I was able to pump that amount in those days but lately I can't pump that much (more like 8 or 9 oz if lucky) so I don't know what to do. I have a bunch of frozen 5-oz packets so I send one of those each day, together with a 4-4.5oz of fresh from the day before and he drinks all of it! If I send 10 he'll finish that amount too. So I'm not sure what to do. I can't pump as much as he needs unless I add in more pumping when I come home from work. So apparently he started liking to drink more during the day but my supply hasn't figured that out yet.
My question is this: Should I pump an extra time to be able to send along more for him? Or should I just send in whatever I could pump during work - he is not a demanding type and barely demands to eat (I just feed him when I think it makes sense to, but it's often) so it's not like he'll cry for more.