Due to oversupply and forceful letdown issues early in nursing (an continuing, actually), I ended up being a one-sided nurser with my daughter. In preparation for going back to work, around 3 weeks of age we started giving her one bottle a day, and while she ate from the bottle, I would pump on whichever side I was due to feed at that point. I never had any problem banking the 4 oz that she demands at a feeding, even though I was generally doing the bottle/pumping session in the evening when supply is generally lower.
Today was my first day back at work (my daughter is 8 weeks old today), and I came up a little short on my morning pumping session (3.5 oz) on the right, then my husband brought my daughter to nurse on my lunch break (despite having nursed in public many times before, it didn't go well--she was unlatching and latching over and over and over), which was on the left, and then I just pumped on the right for my afternoon break, but this time I barely got 2.5 oz. I have a really good freezer stash built up, but obviously, coming up this short on my pumping is not a good thing.
For the record, I did watch videos of my daughter while pumping to help with letdown.
So after that long winded setup, my questions are these:
1. Should I be pumping both sides while I'm at work to keep my supply up?
2. If I do pump both sides, will I come home to my daughter "emptied out," since each side has previously gone 4-6 hours between feedings, and now will only have 2-3 hours?
I'm really concerned that I'm only back for one day and I'm already starting to dry up! I guess it could just be stress?
Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated...