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    Default BF weekdays& FF weekends?

    Just wanting some tips and advice.. I'm starting to work weekends in a fortnight and DF will spend the day with DD.
    I will end up missing her lunch and afternoon feed most days I work.

    I have trouble expressing enough to meet her demands and will be quite busy with work. During my 5hr shift i won't have much time I express.
    So I'm just wondering if for the two days I work Dd is FF and then I resume BF before and after work and full time on the other 5 days will it severely affect my supply??

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    BUMP.
    Anyone worked part time and maintained EBF on your days off ??

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    How old is your dd?

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    Can you feed her directly before work and as soon as you get home after? 5 hours isn't very long to go without a bf. How old is she?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    Can you feed her directly before work and as soon as you get home after? 5 hours isn't very long to go without a bf. How old is she?
    That's what I was going to say.

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    I went back to part time work when my ds was 4 months old. I did a few nights a week 5-9 and every second weekend 1-10 sat 2-7 sun.
    During the week I would feed him before I left and he would either have a bottle of ebm or formula before bed. Some nights, if work was quiet, I would get dh to bring him in and I would feed him. On saturdays I arranged my breaks around his feeds and again a bottle of ebm or formula before bed. Sundays I just fed before I left and as soon as I got home.
    I never had supply issues. He self weaned at 13 months.

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    Sorry. Rather important info- she is 4mths today. Still EBF no solids just yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeWithLove View Post
    Sorry. Rather important info- she is 4mths today. Still EBF no solids just yet
    In that case I'd probably express every morning- you wouldnt need more than two bottles of EBM per weekend which is acheivable, especially as you still have a fortnight before you start and can get a little stash in the freezer. I too have trouble expressing and only get 30-50 ml per session these days, but it adds up quickly.

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    Are you interested in expressing if you could do it during the week?

    If not, it is certainly possible to mix formula and breastfeeding. You might want to pack a pump in case you get uncomfortable on your shifts.

    My breasts adjusted and made milk on home days, and coped ok (without expressing) on work days, but my LO was older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeWithLove View Post
    BUMP.
    Anyone worked part time and maintained EBF on your days off ??
    Yes I do 16hrs pw 3 days pw. I express every day ( and at work) and freeze into 50ml blocks. At first I was getting 30-50mls per day but now can get over 200mls I express after Dd 5am feed then at 8am and throughout the day ( actually cut hole in old bra so I can feed and pump during the day. )
    Start expressing now every day and your supply should increase. I also take fenugreek and make boobie cookies


 

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