breastfeeding help needed! going back to work :(

Leah - posted on 03/19/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone out there is currently breastfeeding and doing formula say when they have to leave your baby with a babysitter. I am one of those struggling mom's trying to get in sync with pumping my milk and feeding. I know it shouldn't be this hard, but I'm trying m best not to feel discouraged! So, has anyone had any positive or negative feedback mixing the two and what formula do you think is best.

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Amy - posted on 03/19/2011

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Leah I completely understand my own family is 4 hours away from me and my MIL helps tremendously with the children but acts as if they're her own! With my son who is now 5 I didn't buy a pump and our nursing relationship ended by the time he was 5 months old, I wish we had known upfront that the cost of a pump was way cheaper then formula. I figured out with my daughter that the pump pays for itself in about 3 months. By no means is it easy to be a full time working mom who breastfeeds but it is possible! If you every need anything or someone to even listen feel free to e-mail me!

Amy - posted on 03/19/2011

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I am a fulltime working mom and my daughter just turned one and still bf'ing! I am out of the house 50 plus hours a week with work and my commute. When I first returned to work I pumped twice a day, obviously a pump is not as efficient as your LO and what you pump is no indication of supply. I was unable to pump enough everyday to meet the needs of my daughter so my husband who was home during the day sometimes had to use formula depending on what shift I was working since I work retail. My MIL who would watch our LO some evenings when my husband went to work would feed formula. My daughter had no problem going back and forth between the two but preferred breastmilk. I never felt guilty for having to supplement with formula because I was doing what I had to do to help contribute to the household expenses.
Now that my daughter is a year old I'm trying to get to the point where I no longer have to pump at work but will continue to bf while I'm home, because my schedule is so varied I don't know if it's actually going to happen. As far as a pumping schedule my daughter was sleeping through the night for the most part when I returned to work so I would pump right before I went to bed at night and pump before I left for work. My husband was home during the day so I didn't have to take her to daycare but I would offer a dreamfeed before leaving so that she would stay asleep longer so my husband could get some sleep since he works nights. Sorry if I'm rambling, but don't beat yourself up if you have to supplement with formula once or twice a day. Also talk to your employer about giving you time and a space to pump while at work. I was able to pump twice a day for 10 minutes and that helped keep up my supply. Good luck.

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Leah - posted on 03/19/2011

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Thank you so much Amy for your reply that really helps me. I feel so lost half the time being so far away from my own family and my mom and only have my husbands familys which isn't much support. Thank you for giving some ideas and encouragement :)

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