first time breastfeeding at work (teacher)

Victoria - posted on 06/14/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello, this is my third baby...a huge happy surprise. I am not due until the end of November, however I am nervous about juggling it all. My goal is to breastfeed at least 9 months...but not sure how to do this...lol :) I was a stay at home with my two boys and had the joy of being relaxed about it...but this one...I must return back to my job (a music teacher/choir director) after 6 weeks. Any suggestions as to how to schedule or what to expect???

Thanks a bunch,
Vicki

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Brenda - posted on 06/15/2009

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Breast milk is good for 3-4 months in a refrigerator-style freezer. We have a shelf in the freezer for it. We give the sitter the oldest milk so it never goes bad.

Victoria - posted on 06/15/2009

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thank you for your responses. Maybe you can answer another question. If you have all that milk supply, do you wind up throwing some of it out? I know I produce a lot...at least I did with my past two babies...I just wonder what and where do you put it all?

Brenda - posted on 06/14/2009

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It really depends on your work schedule, the baby's feeding schedule, and how much of a milk supply you have.

I currently work two days a week. I pump before I leave the house, three times at work, and once when I get home (3-4 hours between each pumping). This produces four feedings for him. I have a two-week supply in the freezer we rotate through. I began pumping at night when he stopped his night-time feedings to start my supply.

Pumping at work is not the most enjoyable thing in the world, but I am very happy that I am able to do this for my child! I am fortunate to have a lactation room right by my office with a couch and sink.

Heather - posted on 06/14/2009

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I would nurse my daughter in the morning, and then pump 3 hrs later, and then 3 hrs after that, and nurse her as soon as i got home. Good luck!

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