I'm incredibly fortunate in that I work from home, so I don't usually have to deal with too many pumping issues. I've been asked to attend a meeting three time zones away that would require me to be away from my twin 7.5 month-old girls for at least three days, two nights - maybe more.
I'm currently tandem breastfeeding about 7 times/24 hours, and then I pump once to get about 4 oz TOTAL - about 2oz per side. They get one bottle/day of pumped milk, and they EACH take 3-4 oz in that bottle, so I need 6-8 oz of BM for their bottle feedings. The reason I can do this is that I have a ton of BM frozen from back when I was pumping all the time. I now seem to regularly pump quite a bit less than they actually consume per feeding, which seems typical.
My question is this: if I only pump about 4oz with each pumping session, and they regularly are drinking about 6-8oz (I'm estimating) in each feeding session, will my supply be affected if I suddenly am pumping exclusively for about 3 days? It seems like it would. Have others gone from (near) exclusively BFing to exclusively pumping for a trip or other issue? Do I need to pump more than 8 times? I'll be attending all-day meetings, I think I'll have a hard enough time pumping those 8 times as it is.
Thank you, I'm at a loss for how other mamas deal with these kinds of issues!