Re: Just went back to work- pumping schedule
Hi there! It sounds like you are doing great. Let me see if I understood what you said...
You are pumping about 20 ounces a day? And she is taking 8 ounces? 8 ounces is definitely about right for her to eat while she's away from you.
How old is your baby?
It sounds like you have really great supply/oversupply if you can pump that amount out in 5 minutes and your baby usually eats only for 5 to 10 minutes. Also, you're pumping twice what you need every day, if I am understanding you correctly. I don't think you need to pump longer than 5 minutes unless you are getting to a point where you're not pumping enough.
If your baby is really young (6 weeks?) then it is possible that your supply hasn't evened out to match your baby yet. When it does, it will be harder for you to pump as much, but you don't need 20 ounces a day - you just need 8.
How many hours are you away from your baby? 1 to 1.5 ounces per hour away is the recommended amount.
Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months