Erin - posted on 02/13/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
Hello All- Well, in 1 week from Monday I have to leave my little girl at the babysitter and get back to work. I am scared and nervous and excited all at the same time. I do have lots of questions though about how I can start getting prepared to make sure that I have everything ready that she is going to need, so I need your help please. Some questions may be dumb so be kind. Also, I'm a single mom so I am really nervous about leaving her since I have been with her so much anything you can suggest or if you have any tips just let me know. Thank You, Erin #1- My daughter, LilaRay, is a breastfeed baby, how many bags of milk am I going to need to take to the sitter if she is eating every 4 hours? She will be at the sitter from 7:30am to 5:30pm and I should be able to go there for my hour lunch and feed her (or pump if she's already eaten) #2- When I pump my milk, I pump for 10 min (it's a double pump), and I get about 3 oz on each side, so can I assume she is eating 6 oz every 4 hours cause she eats about 10 min on each side? #3- I know that I need to have her diaper bag, extra clothes, extra diapers, bottles, breast milk, pacifiers, wipes, and blankets, what else do I need to make sure the sitter has? #4- I know I'm supposed to pump every 4 hours if I'm away from her, I have 2 15 min breaks that I plan to pump during and I plan to go and feed her or pump during my hour lunch, then she'll get the breast at night, do you think I'll be able to keep up my milk supply? Especially if she is sleeping about 6 hours at night? #5- Should I go get formula in case I don't produce as much milk? #6- How do I tell if I'm not producing enough milk? I am open to any other tips or suggestions about leaving my little one with a sitter while I work.