Breastfeeding and returning to work

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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any suggestions on how to make this transition easier for me and baby????

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Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2010

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im not trying top stop breastfeeding just get more sleep or make things a little easier on myself without affecting baby negatively

Sherita - posted on 02/18/2010

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I had more small snacks throughout the day , lotsof fruit but we got more sleep by feeding less amounts more times through the day. I am not sure how much your baby is taking but I would pump th milk and bottle feed 2 to 3oz every two hours even if I had to wake him and he slept through the night.( My lactation specialist had told us that in class). When I first went back he would not take his milk from the nanny but eventually after about a almost a week he adjusted. Just be motivated and do not quit it isthe best thing for them. You can do it, my so is now 6 and I continued his breastmilk until he was 2.5.

Rebecca - posted on 02/18/2010

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oh yeah. don't microwave breastmilk - it destroys the some of the 'good stuff' in breastmilk. (nobody told me this one till my last bub). it is recommended to heat in hot water and let defrost or melt in hot water if needed urgently.

Rebecca - posted on 02/18/2010

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my tips would be

1. definitely hire a hospital grade electric pump (i used the medala symphony).

2. expressing before returning to work and freezing milk as backups as you are more tired when working and your supply can drop a bit. (you can get sterilized bags from chemist for this - milk will last between 3 & 6 mths depending on the freezer).

3. leaving bub with someone else b4 you go back to work often gets bub used to being feed by someone else (and can't smell you so more accepting of the bottle).

4. consider cosleeping (or close by) with bub so night feeds are less disturbing.

5. consider part time working to start with (if possible) so not so tired. i was able to do 4 days (wed off) with my last bub and this helped.

6.work out where you can express at work in private (don't let anyone convince you the toilet is ok - it has been suggested to me - i replied that i didn't eat lunch there so didn't think it would be ok to express bub's milk there.

Claudia - posted on 02/17/2010

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When I went back to work my daughter was 2 months old. The only way to get her to sleep through the night was to add some rice cereal in her milk. Her last feeding was around 11:30 -12 and she would wake up by 5-5:30 to feed again. By 6 AM I was up and able to get ready for work.

Kristina - posted on 02/16/2010

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I have pumped with all three of my boys and plan to with the fourth. After 6-9 months my supply does decrease but I nursed my youngest until 11 months (I had to stop with the other two at 9 months b/c I was pregnant). I take my pump with me and pump in the car. It is a great time to relax and listen to an audio book. I of course bring a blanket to cover up but I have never had any problems with it. It forces me to have some me time during the day at work. Otherwise, I don't even take a lunch break most days. I think I started pumping at 5-6 weeks and stored milk. I invested in a great pump and was able to pump and freeze milk and provide that to my sitter. It really worked out well. I also had 3 different sitters (different one with each boy)-that's another story. Now I have a great one!!! But it will work out!

Bea - posted on 02/15/2010

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small portable medella "free style" pump allowed me to go back to work 2,5mo after having my baby and be able to b-feed him for over 12months! if you can let others use the bottle with the baby (dad, grandma, nanny) with the breast milk and then they baby will get use to taking breast (am, night time from you) and the bottle from the care taker during the day! Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/15/2010

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Make sure that your OB is checking your hormone levels to make sure that they are okay. My hormone level are lowwwwwww and that makes me feel drained.

Marcy - posted on 02/15/2010

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Jennifer if your little one is already taking the bottle you have a huge weight off your shoulders and you should be thrilled. Here is what I did. I brought my pump to work on Monday mornings and left it there all week. I also brought a portable cooler with me. I would pump 2 times per day at work with the door closed while I was working. if you have your own office lock the door and make a little sign. After a few days people get used to it. I would pump one side per time and keep on working, I pumped and dumped right in to the milk bags. At the end of the day I would bring 2 full bags 8-10 oz in each over to daycare and she would use them the next day. Sometimes I would pump a little more and toss it in her freezer so she had extra just in case.

In regards to sleep...First off, get yourself as organized as you can. When you go back to work everything tends to go to sh*t (pardon the expression). Its tough enough to get it done while being home but when you are at work 40 hours per week its sometimes just plain insane. I have beeen back to work full time since my son was 3 months old. he is now 3 1/2. The best advise I can give you is ask for help and don't feel like you have to be a superhuman. Also, if you can afford it, get a cleaning lady....I would rather starve then give mine up. Sleep depervation is just part of the package that comes with nursing...you get used to it. Make dinner, do the dishes, pick 1 thing to get done (laundry, clean the bathroom, etc.) and then when your LO goes to bed you do the same. I found that by going to bed for 10 hours even if I was woken up 3-4 times at least I did get some sleep.

Good luck and remember, all babies eventually learn to sleep (even if they are 3 years old like mine). P.S. my hubby and I also have an understanding. If I email him that I have gone off the deep end he knows thats his cue for you better make dinner and do whatever it is I need that night or I am just going to ball my eyes out.

Elis - posted on 02/15/2010

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I also am returning to work in just a couple of days and have been pumping & giving him my breast milk in a bottle sometimes to get him use to it, and he is doing very well with both, thankfully. I have already spoken to my boss about pumping at work & its all set, there is a private office/room where I can pump & I have stored some milk in my freezer for daycare. Here we go!! :)

Elis - posted on 02/15/2010

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make sure you eat a healthy diet, this will help with your energy and not being tired; if you're able to squeeze in a little bit of exercise in there, this will also help you not be so tired. I know its hard, trust me, but if you can do it, it will help. I know I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day as well, and still feel tired.

Kelly - posted on 02/15/2010

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I have been pumping at least once a day since we came home from the hospital. Since being back to work for the past week I pump in the morning, after he has eaten and whatever I get goes with him in a bottle. Then I pump at lunch time and that goes to daycare with him the next day. Sometime I pump before bed to let dad have the first feeding and allow me to only have to get up once a night. I don't pump on the weekend, when he is able to give him the breast I do - I think that baby to breast time is so important - I find the guilt so much less. It is the same pattern I used with my first and I was able to keep her only on breastmilk for the first year (along with solid foods after six months). It is not easy but the cost savings was worth the extra time and work.

Julia - posted on 02/15/2010

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I went back to work when my bambino was 6 weeks, lack of sleep is just a way of life for me it seems but you learn to deal with it somehow :-) . I always do one more pumping right before leaving to work and then pump 2 more times at work, sometimes 3. I try to do between 6 to 8 pumpings in a 24 hour period during the workweek and then 8 to 10 pumpings in a 24 hr period during the weekend. I dont have any frozen milk, whatever i pump out today he drinks tonight and tomorrow. oh and wherever I go my breast pump goes! try to avoid engorgement :-)

Pretty - posted on 02/15/2010

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Hi,
Jennifer,you have to stop breast feeding your baby during the day&make it get used to milk and little by little you can reduce the times you breastfeed after work

Brandy - posted on 02/14/2010

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Be prepared for your milk supply to go down a little, no matter how diligent you are at pumping. And honestly, a hospital grade pump will really help you keep your supply up and get more milk in a shorter amount of time. I'd look into renting one if I were you. It helped me immensely with my last one. I was able to have the daycare give my child breastmilk for a lot longer. Also, at night be ready for bed before you nurse your baby for the last time and go to bed immediately after your done nursing. the hormone that your body secretes to lactate is the world's best sleep aid!

Tiffany - posted on 02/13/2010

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For me, with few exceptions (such as mandatory meetings or out of town court apperances) I pump three times a day. I am fortunaute to have my own office and HR put a lock on it to avoid any embarrasing intrusions. I look at it as a task that needs to get done each day just like any other task. Obviously, sometimes I can't do it, but by prioritizing it just like I would a work related task that needs to get done daily (i.e. checking 250 e-mails, returning voicemails, etc.) it helps me to make time to get it done. That said, don't beat yourself up if you end up supplementing with formula. We all have to do what works best for us.

Ann - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son is 5 1/2 months old. I am working and breastfeeding. I use a manual pump and prefer it. I can pump much faster this way-but whatever works for you is what you need to do. I found it took me about a month to get into a routine with sleep, feeding, pumping and working. I try to pump twice (three times is a blessing) at work. You will have good and bad pumping days. I found the hardest thing was to know how much breast milk he would take while I was at work. My sons MD told me whatever I pump the day before is what he gets the next day. This made complete sense. I pump between 10 and 12 ounces at work-that is what he gets the next day. I freeze Fridays milk to rotate my frozen supply and then he gets frozen milk on Monday. I have spilt entire bottles of freshly pumped breast milk (gggggrrrrrrrrrr-that always makes me mad!) at work - so frozen milk helps.

You will be exhausted at first - I will not beat around the bush, but you get into a routine and it all works out! I also agree with an earlier post-get your boss on board with a private place to pump. You will need it. I have to pump on my break time-so I pump for 15 minutes and eat in 15. Then on 15 minute breaks I pump. It is all for my son and when I am frustrated-I tell myself that. Good Luck!

Annemarie - posted on 02/13/2010

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I have to second what Jane said, with a little adjustment. What i did with my second daughter was wean down slowly. Pumping at work CAN be a benefit because if you are able to take a couple breaks during the day, rather than one single lunch hour, you can pump a couple times as well as give yourself a calorie boost a couple times during the day. For me, that helped with the lack of sleep - - which it sounds like is your biggest concern. For the sleep problem, i recommend that you read/skim a book 'Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". If you are disciplined enough to do it, the methods in that book transformed my home and brought me sanity (as lack of sleep makes me totally INSANE!!).

Jane - posted on 02/12/2010

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It all depends on whether or not you are going to supplement your child with formula while you are at work or you're going to pump. Do know, you do NOT HAVE TO pump during work. The first couple of days, you'll be a little engorged but, within a week, if you feed your child before work, as soon as you get home and before his/her bed time, your milk supply will adjust to accomodate that. I did that with my son (he's 16 years old now so it was a while ago). I went back to work when he was around 3 months but he breast fed the way I described above until 8 months old...and he weaned himself....he was done with me (LOL).

Is your baby already drinking from a bottle whether that be breast milk or formula? That for me with my oldest child (she's 20 years old now) was my biggest hurdle. She litterally refused a bottle from me and only wanted my breast. I had to have my husband or mother bottle feed her in order to get her to take a bottle so I could go back to work. My son...he didn't care WHAT he got as long as it was food (hehe).

Good luck...no matter what you choose to do, you'll be fine but there are lots of options...again, you do not have to pump during working hours if you do not want to. Here's a great site....http://www.llli.org/nb.html

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2010

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yes, thank you for the replies. I have been pumping and bottlwe feeding my bbreast milk twice daily to get baby used to it. But a huge ordeal for me is inadequate sleep. I don't want to overload on caffeine. As is, I drink two cups coffee a day and feel drained all day long. Currently I take a naop on the couch each morning after hubs goes to work- but I won't be able to do that once I return to work in a couple of weeks because I will be in my office by that time. What can I do to get more hours of sleep at night and increase time between nightly feedings?

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2010

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An electric pump is a must. Work with your little one and a bottle of breast milk BEFORE returning to work so that he/she is used to it.

Heather - posted on 02/12/2010

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talk with your boss about private places to pump...I was the first out of three moms to breastfeed at my work and my boss helped me set up a small office with a lock and blinds on window so I could sneak away and pump while still being able to get on the computer and do work...I highly suggest an electric pump with hands free capability--totally worth the money or you can rent them from the hospital. Good luck!

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