Breastfeeding questions for a working mom of a soon-to-be 9 month old

Meghann - posted on 09/09/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hello all,

I have just begun giving my baby to a nanny while I get back to work, mostly researching in the library. Pumping is thus difficult, if not practically impossible. But after listening to the experiences of friends and other mothers, I was thinking that I could nurse the baby before dropping him off, at 8am, and nurse him when I pick him up, around 4pm. He is a very good eater and doesn't really nurse much in the day, except when he goes down for a nap. In fact, I thought he would have problems sleeping without nursing while with the nanny but actually he sleeps really well there. At lunch he apparently drinks very little of his bottle of expressed milk (around 60mL or so if any...) Again, at home, he nurses pretty well at this time, before going to sleep.

I would love to hear what other mothers might think of this schedule, that is 7:30 feeding and 4 pm feeding, plus before bed and during the night. I am only worried that he not be getting enough breast milk, as, ideally, I would like to keep breastfeeding for two years or so.

Thanks so much for any ideas or feedback!

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Amanda - posted on 09/11/2012

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OMG Hope your rib heals up nicely for you...that can't be fun with a baby! I agree..if you not going everyday it shouldn't effect your supply as much. Just keep drinking LOTS! Good luck:)

Meghann - posted on 09/11/2012

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Thanks so much for both of your responses. After reading your comments, and listening to my own gut, I really just don't feel right leaving him without milk, so I've decided to go to the library three days a week, and the other days work from home and pump. I'm hoping I can keep up my supply this way, and that I won't have any problems (i.e., engorgement or plugged ducts) if I don't pump at the library. (The only concevable place to pump there would be the toilet, as I don't work at the library but will be using the Protected National Archives in a public setting. Even if I did choose to pump there, I would have to carry my computer plus the pump on the metro for 45minutes each way which would not be ideal for my recently broken rib ):) Thanks so much for your support, of course I'm all ears for any other ideas you might have!

Amy - posted on 09/09/2012

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Can you pump either in the morning or at night before going to sleep so you can leave some with the nanny. I understand not wanting to pump at work but even if you just pumped for 15 minutes during the day, I wouldn't feel comfortable not leaving any breastmilk for my kids all day. However like you pointed out he may reverse cycle in which he feeds through the night to make up the lack of breastmilk during the day which is ok too, you may be a little tired but you'll manage, I know I did.

Amanda - posted on 09/09/2012

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Your ok with him NOT sleeping through the night...and not getting that sleep yourself before work?Honestly I wouldn't have my baby go 7-8hrs in their most awake time without milk. They need the calories. Water is ok....but my guy still just wants it at meals...to wash down food. Water has NO nutritional value. Why can you not pump at the library? I would think it is a fairly sanitary place. I decided not to return to work with my 3rd baby because I wanted to continue breastfeeding and my work is a medical unsanitary environment...too much risk of infection. If I were in an office job I would pump. My guys schedule at 10 months:

Wake7/8am Breast feeds

8:30/9 Breakfast cereal& fruit with sips of water in straw cup

10:30/11 Breastfeed nap 30-45mins

12/12:30 lunch chopped meat steamed veg ect with water in straw cup

1:30/2:30 Breastfeed nap 30-45 mins

4:30Breastfeed

5/5:30super time whatever we are having water in straw cup

7/7:30bath

8pm Breastfeed

8:45 Bed for the night

11:30/12pm Mommy pumps and stores for later.

Meghann - posted on 09/09/2012

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Well, I'd like to not pump during the day, as I'll be at the library. So the idea is he'll have water and food from 8 to 4. He would nurse three times a day then, plus two or more night feedings....

Amanda - posted on 09/09/2012

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If baby eats food and is having wet diaper's he will eat when hungry. Ur still leaving bottles for him while you are out? He needs to drink even when not breastfeeding. My son is 10 months but sleeps through the night...he breast feeds when he wakes and 5/6 times through the day till bed time. But he eats great at table food as well.

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