Caitlin - posted on 06/24/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
My baby girl is two months old and up until now she has had nothing but breast milk. At three weeks, I pumped and her daddy gave her my milk in a bottle and I was so relieved at how well she took it. Didn't have a bit of trouble! I am a little afraid, though, that when I go back to work that I may not be able to pump enough during the day to give her breast milk exclusively. I am a teacher and I have practically no free time during the day. I have a 50 minute planning period, which would really be my only time to pump and even then I sometimes have meetings and conferences and I don't even get one on Wednesdays. As for lunch....ha! I get 15 minutes in a cafeteria with 150 screaming 4th graders and I have to eat at some point so lunch isn't an option. My questions are as follows:
1. Does anyone (maybe even other teachers) have advice for pumping enough breast milk to give my baby while I am gone during the day?
2. If I find that I am completely unable and I have to supplement with formula while I am gone, will it completely ruin nursing for us for the time when we are together?
3. How can I get her to take formula if it becomes absolutely necessary? - This one is of a particular concern to me because one of the teachers at my school had to give her son formula while she was at work and he absolutely refused it! The daycare called to tell her he hadn't eaten all day and she had to leave to go feed him!
4. My daughter has recently begun taking baby Zantac for Reflux along with me cutting out all dairy from my diet due to excessive spitting up and extreme fussiness. Silly me! I thought breast feeding was supposed to prevent this, but apparently not all the time. My question is: If it does become necessary to supplement with formula, what would you mothers who have reflux or lactose sensitive babies recommend? Milk based formula that is lactose free, soy based formula? Any favorites?
Thank you in advance for your input and I hope I haven't violated this groups "no formula recommendations" standard too badly. I want to give her only breast milk, but if it isn't possible....it isn't possible!