Clare - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )
Sorry I have a lot of questions! I don't have to go back to work for a few more months, but I am trying to plan for it as much as possible. My LO will be 9 months old when I go back, and it will only be 3 days a week.
My plan was to pump before I leave for work about 5am (ahhh!), and send him to daycare with a bottle (DH will drop him off about 7am). I will pick him up about 3pm, so from then on he can feed as much as he likes. And obviously on my days off he can feed whenever he likes.
I should say also, it is going to be impossible to pump at work, and I will be gone for about 9/10 hours a day. And so far he has flat out refused any formula we have tried to give him. Am getting worried he will starve to death!
My question is, by 9 months, (obviously he will be on solids) how much breastmilk will he still need? Will he still need 6 feeds a day? Or would the solids replace some of those feeds? Would he need another bottle (or two) between 7amish and 3pm? Or will he be getting most of his nutritional needs from solids by that age? And what will happen to my supply if I can't pump between 5:30 and 3ish for 3 days a week?
Some negative comments I have received from some acquaintances have made me more determined than ever to keep breastfeeding even when I go back to work, just to show them! ("Oh, you can't BF when you are working, you'll HAVE to get him to take formula") Why is it that you can never win as mother??!!