I am headed back to work on Monday, DS is 9 weeks old.
hey,Welcome! There is lots of good info here. Most women pump every 2-3 hours when they are at work. How long you pump sort of depends on how fast you empty out. It can even vary from day to day. For me, about 10-15 minutes is plenty to empty out the way I need to but I have a friend who needs much more time. More like 20-25 minutes.You should absolutely continue to nurse on demand weekends and overnight to preserve your supply. The pump will never do as good a job emptying out the milk as your LO does, so this is very helpful for keeping supply up and preventing clogs.As far as supply and demand, there is info about paced feedings online. I'll try to find and bump up. This is pretty important for your child care person to know so that they do not over feed your LO. If your child is going through a growth s;purt or something like that and you need to increase your supply, I found adding an extra pump session to be helpful. I would always send a little more milk than my DS needed before he was eating food too. I sent some frozen bottles to keep at the daycare or some extra fresh milk that I would freeze at the end of the day if it was not used.HTH!! I'm sure others will have some suggestions.
Edited to add the links I finally found in one of Spencer's other posts!
Helpful links:Australian BFing Association - Caregiver's Guide to the Breastfed BabyKellymom - Bottlefeeding the BF babyKellymom - How much EBM does my BF baby need?LERon-line.com - Helping a Breastfed Baby Accept a Bottlemother-2-mother.com - Refusing the Bottle / Alternative Feeding Methods
[waving] Hi B!!