I need some opinion on working moms

CoreyAnn - posted on 04/11/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I keep debating constantly about going back to work. I was wondering on what people think about working moms? Did your baby act differently when you started working? Does anyone strictly breastfeed and pump at work? and if so does the baby act confused switching back and forth from breast to bottle? I don't know if I can go back to work, but maybe hearing from different people might help with my decision. Thank you!

ps-if you have any tips on how to get the baby to like the bottle I'm all ears.

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Emily - posted on 04/13/2009

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I am a working mom. I went back at very reduced hours when my oldest was 5 months old. I was also in graduate school. Between both I was probably away from her 25 hours a week. It was a lot and I hated it. I cried for a long time. I cried when I pumped. I cried when I left the house. Between my husband and my mother she was very well taken care of but I had always pictured myself as a stay at home mom but finances required me to work and I also knew I needed to advance my career. Pumping was no problem for me. I would suggest a Medela Pump in Style. When I had my second child I was able to take a 2 year leave of absence. I did have to still go to training sessions- the first of which was 6 hours at three weeks post partum! Looking back it was probably too early but I did what I felt I had to do at the time. My husband was able to take off work to stay with her whenever I had training or a meeting. Finally, I went back to work and worked 40 hours but I was ready. My two year old is in a daycare center and is doing excellently. If you can hold out I would suggest waiting as long as possible to go back. If not don't worry- your child will be fine and even thrive. Neither of my children would take a bottle from me but they had no problems transitioning back and forth when others fed them. Dylan had her first pumped bottle at 5 months, Ava was three weeks and they both did fine and didn't refuse either the breast or bottle. THey both nursed at night and mornings long after they stopped drinking a bottle while in care. I still wish I could stay at home with my kids, but finances dictate otherwise plus I do love my job and it does make me feel fufilled.

Siobhan - posted on 04/12/2009

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I went back to work when both of my daughters were about 6 weeks old. With the first one she went to a babysitter. This time, they stay with daddy. I'm not going to lie, it's incredibly hard. Sometimes you come home and feel strangely left out of your children's lives. However, they all seem to like eating so I keep going back to work. You justh ave to prepared for it to be hard and to miss your kids. However, some days it's nice to have other adults around you. Whatever works best for you and your family financially is what you have to do.



 



In terms of breastfeeding, I do exclusively breastfeed my daughter when I'm home and pump at work. We started giving her a bottle at least once a day for about 2 weeks before I  returned to work. This seemed to work. But remember, a baby will not starve themselves. If they are having toruble with the bottle they will get over it. And just remember to breastfeed as much as possible when you're home. Don't rely on the pumped milk. Oh yeah, and make sure to start pumping at least a little before you go back, you're going to need the reserve. Good luck and I hope all works out for you.

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009

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I dont have any advice on the working part, but i breast and bottle feed without any problems- i use the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles which are meant to closely represent the breast better than other types of bottles. I have no problems switching back and forth between breast and bottle.

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