Needv Advise - Going back to work

Sharika - posted on 01/21/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I would appreciate some advise on how to make going back to work easier for both my daughter and I. I am breastfeeding exclusively which makes it even more difficult. I'm afraid that after being home with her for six weeks I will have seperation aneixty and also wonder what effects it will have on her who will have to be with a sitter. Luckily, her father will be keeping her in the morning hours so she will only be without either of use for Approx 4.5 hrs a day. But I will end up being away from her for approx 9.5. I am really uncomforatble with this but staying at home is not an option as we depend on 2 incomes to support our household. Any advise or stories from mom who have gotton thru this is would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance
Sharika

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Amy - posted on 01/21/2011

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I exclusively breastfed my daughter and returned to work full-time. I didnt return to work till my daughter was about 4 months old but it's still hard. She is now 10 months old and still primarily bf, although we do supplement with formula when I'm unable to pump enough at work. My husband works late so he is home with the kids for most of the day and then they go to the in laws till I get out of work. I work retail so my schedule is really all over the place but I'm out of the house about 50+ hours a week because of my commute.
When I first returned to work I would do a dream feed before I left for work or if I came home after she was asleep I would do a dream feed. I always pump before I leave for work, twice a day while at work, and then once after she goes to bed. Usually I'm able to pump enough to get her through the day although some days she gets a bottle of formula.
Like you I have to work, not working is not an option we need the two incomes. Returning to work is hard, I cried the entire day before I went back, it's still really hard but it gets a little easier as time goes on. It helps that your husband will be home with her in the morning and that you won't have to drop her off at daycare. I know some mornings no matter how much extra time I give myself I can't get out of the house on time.

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