Frankie was 3 months old on the 15th and he is getting more interesting. He now grabs some of his toys while lying on his playmat, he smiles at DH and I, and makes little noises and squeals of delight.
The childcare centre staff told me that he rolled from back to front by himself yesterday. He hasn't done this at home yet.
Sunshine - I'm completely exhausted from being up every 2-3 hours to pump. In a week or so I will have enough for 5x100ml for 3 months. Then I might drop off the night pumping and only pump enough during the day to maintain the frozen store at replacement level. Perhaps after the reduced pumping AF might come back.
Often I fall asleep pumping in the early hours of the morning. I woke up several times slumped forward at my desk holding the two shields on my breasts. The pump times out and stops after 30 min and sometimes it had stopped when I woke up.
Since I have to pump so often, can't be away from home for too long. Otherwise my breasts start to feel engorged while out shopping. The pump accompanies me on trips to both sets of parents and some friends. I even took it to work a couple of times, and blocked off my office window to pump there (I'm still on maternity leave, but go into work to meet people sometimes)
Rachel3 - Yes replacing one feed with formula allows that feed to be pumped and frozen. As far as I understand if milk is removed from your breasts, either by pumping or feeding, this gives the signal for your body to make more. Your prolactin levels will still be high and it won't help AF to come back sooner.
I have no idea how much weaning would be needed for AF to come back. As Pilbara says It is different for different women. Some ladies get AF back on time after the big post pregnancy bleed, despite fully breastfeeding, others might not get it back for months. My AF was very irregular, and had not had it for 3 months before the successful cycle.
Still haven't written to the ABA local groups, maybe I can get this done today.