Sheeva - posted on 05/22/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )
I'm going to be a new mom in two weeks and have been reading a lot about breastfeeding. I'm in a unique situation in that I have to go back to work in 6 weeks. Breastfeeding seems so complicated with the whole work situation. On the one hand people say dont start pumping immediately (which I guess is fine, i could wait a few weeks) but I definitely will have to start at some point early on to build up a supply.
Then the question is how often should one pump to build up the supply without making your breasts go into overdrive while you are at home? And then how often will I need to do this at work? It is going to be a fine balance because I am also going to need to get at least some sleep at night (I don't know if this is a naive expectation) but when I go back to work I can't be totally sleep deprived. The fact that I will pump could be good in that my husband could do some night feedings - but then, from what I have read, I can't totally avoid waking up since I will have to pump in the middle of the night.
Basically, I am trying to get a rough plan in my head about how I have to do all of this and would appreciate any advice. I would also like to create a rough calculation of how much I would need to pump and store per day to last at least six months of breast feeding. Anyone attempt this calculation before?