I had to return to work earlier than I planned (I could only stay out 6 weeks).
My daughter is 7 weeks old. I'd been pumping about every 3 hours. But it's getting hard to keep that up with work and sleeping. Getting up every 3 hours at night and being up for half an hour+ is draining.
I want to increase it to 4 hours, so that I only get woke up once in the middle of the night to pump, and then pump once before work.
I tried doing this last night (I was so exhausted and could barely stay awake to pump) pumping at 12:30 am, 4:30 am, and 8:30 am. I'm still planning on pumping 3 times at work (though I'd like to get this down to 2 as well for break reasons).
I went from pumping about 4-5 ounces to 7-8 ounces both times last night. If I continue to drain my breasts each time, can I expect that I will still pump this amount? It's a little less than I'd be getting if I'd pump every 3 hours, but as it is I'm pumping about 8 oz a day more than she eats, so I for now I'm ok with losing an ounce or two (especially since I have about 150oz in a freezer stash so if I need to try to increase it I can go back to 3 hours each day and it should go back, right?)
Any advice / experience from other mothers is welcomed! I need to be able to sleep for work (especially since we semi-frequently have 50 hour weeks required!) but I don't want to start not being able to keep up with her.