Won't be home for before bed nursing - need suggestions.

Leigh - posted on 03/03/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am returning to work (parttime) in 2 months. Currently I am breastfeeding and will continue when I return to work. My problem is that I may have to work until 7pm which will cause me not to be home 3 nights a week to put my son to bed (he will be 6 months old at the time). My husband or my mom (who will be our babysitter while we both are working) will have to give him his before bed feeding. Has anyone had any trouble with nursing some nights and bottle feeding pumped milk other nights prior to bedtime? How did your little ones handle it? Any sleep problems? Right now, my guy sleeps through the night without problems. I don't want him to revolt and stop sleeping through the night. My other problem is that most nights he nurses himself to sleep. I am trying to break him of his habit, but it is hard. Any suggestions?

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Jane - posted on 03/03/2010

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It's amazing what a woman's body can do. You should be fine...your body will adjust to when the baby nurses. I would say on the nights your home later, pump as much as you can but other than that, everything should work great. I breast fed my son for 6 months after going back to work when he was 3 months old. I fed him in the morning, when I got home from work and then right before his bed time. He drank formula when I wasn't there and I did not pump during the time I was at work. My milk production totally adjusted to that scheduled and stayed that way until he weaned himself. This all worked very well for me but every baby is different so you'll have to experiment and be flexible with him.



With regards to breaking him of the habit of nursing him to sleep. I wouldn't try. I would just say that on the nights your not home, maybe he can stay up a little later on those nights OR he can take a bottle of breast milk. Enjoy your time with him when you can. He'll adjust and so will you but if you can on 4 nights, still nurse him to sleep, I'd do it :) Good luck...it will all be fine...try not to stress over it. Play around with things for the next two months and see what works and doesn't work for you and your little one!

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