Re: Deciding on a schedule help...
I've found that it's changed over the last 3 months both by DS's spacing out feedings and by necessity. When I first started back I pumped 3 times at work and once at home. Now I pump twice at work and once at home. It takes me 10-15 min a session with a PISA. Having a freezer stash before I started back really helped me get more relaxed about how much I was pumping and got my body used to letting down to a pump. I would highly reccomend starting pumping once a day at 6-8 wks. I started by pumping the side DS didn't feed off of at 3 am. Then I moved to pumping after I feed him in the morning, and that's what I do now. My breasts make what he eats plus 3-4 oz that I freeze. Have an extra set of pump parts (horns/valves) at work for the day when you forget yours (my Target carries them). Get a good water bottle and drink a bunch before you pump. Once you get used to pumping read around a little for tips on getting a second let down, I can often get an extra oz a breast from that.
Good luck and enjoy your 3 months off! I really enjoyed mine.
DS 2/06 nursed x1yr
and DD 3/08, so far so good!