Maureen - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
I will be returning to work in 4 weeks and I still plan on breastfeeding my daughter. She will be a year old at that time. I work part time and shift work, 6 day and 8 evening shifts in a 4 week period. I couldn't master pumping so I gave up and I wasn't too worried about it because I had a good supply and had a year for mat leave. My daughter has never had formula, she was EBF for 6 months and she has had the occasional sippy cup of homo milk this past month. I talked to a lactation consultant and she said that I should have no problem going back to work, that my daughter will just have to get used to bfing when mommy is around and drinking milk or water when I am working. I'm not really worried about my supply. I feed Willow 6-8 times/day, sometimes more if she is teething and needs comfort.
Anyway, the whole point of this post is to hear stories about mom's that have gone back to work at this stage and not weaned. And maybe get a little support about the extended bfing. I have already bf'd longer than any women did in my family. They aren't pressuring me to stop at all, I have told them about the benefits of it and they understand. Even my 86 yr old grandma who never bf'd her 3 kids thinks the benefits are good and doesn't bug me (about that at least).
Thanks for listening!!!