Need advice for a demand-fed baby and returning to work!

Sara - posted on 06/15/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have an exclusively breast fed 7 week old that I have been feeding on demand. She nurses every hour to 2.5 hours during the day with no consistent feeding and nap times. I am retuning to work next month and I am concerned about our lack of a consistent feeding/napping schedule. My caretaker is going to have a very difficult time if I don't have my baby on a schedule before I return to work. My lactation consultant recommended that I start instituting a schedule 3 weeks before I return to work. I am curious to know how other working BF moms were able to achieve this and what advice you guys have on how to set up a schedule. Thank you!

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Tina - posted on 06/17/2012

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It isn't easy, but you can do the best you can do. I think it'll be easier for your care giver to get her on her schedule than you trying to create one for her. Since she'll be bottle fed breastmilk? she'll have to watch for cues that she's hungry. You might want to pump and feed her bottles the last week or two so that you know how much to pump and how much she needs. (Really try to pump ever 2-3 hrs while away from baby, even if you have to pump before leaving work, it helps keep your supply up. Many times I have not pumped, only to come home and she just got a bottle.) I use the Medela pump in style. I liked it a lot. I had everything sanitized and ready to go in ziplock bags. I kept another bag for dirties. I usually put milk in bottles for the next day, but Lansinoh and Gerber bags are great. (Mixed thoughts about Medela bags...leak and hard to pour without spilling) Good luck :)

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