im going back to work in January and have a few questions for all those ladies that have gone back to work while stil breastfeeding.
when did your child cut back to just feeding in the morning and night?
how did they cope going to sleep at daycare (family daycar in my case) when they usually b0ob to sleep?
how often did you express while at work?
how did you send ebm to daycare? fresh in bottle, frozed in cubes....
how did your child have ebm/cows milk while in care? bottle, cup, sippy cup (DS will 10 1/2 months when i start work)
once he is 12 months he can have cows milk? so he could just feed morning and night then have cows milk during the day? what do i do at home? continue this or b0ob during the day at home? would this muck up my supply and/or confuse DS?
thanks for any advice i can get
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15-12-2011 09:46 #1
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15-12-2011 12:27 #2
15-12-2011 12:37 #3
I returned to uni when DD was about 10mths old and she started at daycare 2-3 days a week. She was breastfeeding first thing in the morning, once during the day, evening and during the night at that stage, and she wouldn't take milk from a bottle at all so I was very stressed about how she would cope!
I expressed enough milk for her midday feed and sent it cold in a bottle - the carers would transfer it to a sippy cup for her and she drank it from that. Pretty quickly she decided it wasn't really the same as a proper breastfeed and just stopped wanting it at lunchtime when at daycare and had water instead. While she still wanted it I expressed once while at uni, but I found it a relief when she decided she'd had enough of that. I found that she still wanted that feed while at home with me and I didn't have any issues with supply or anything like that. I can't remember when she totally dropped the middle of the day feed, but it would only have been a few months after starting daycare I guess. You could definitely offer cows milk from 12 months if your DS is interested in it (DD wont drink it) and you don't want to express any more.
Can't help with the boobing to sleep as DD wasn't adamant on that happening for her day sleeps.
Good luck with it!!
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15-12-2011 13:48 #4
I went back to work when bub was 10 wks old for two shifts a week. from 10wks to 10mths I expressed milk for her to have... I would always express first thing in the morning every day as you get less milk from expressing than from bub feeding. This way I always had enough for her feeds.
Yes - whoever looked after my bub (mum/hubby/aunt/MIL) fed as per normal to sleep. at 16mths she is still fed to sleep quite happily. I found that she swapped quite happily from other people to me. But I never never ever gave her a bottle when I was around. She only got the bottle when I was away - that way I reduced any chance of her preferring bottle to booby.
at 10mths old she had dropped to 4/5 feeds a day and I was fed up with expressing so I swapped her to cow's milk for those 2 or 3 feeds I woudl miss a week. And I kept boobing otherwise as per normal.
now at 16mths she is fed to sleep for her nap and bedtime if Im around but if I'm not... then she doesnt.
pls PM me if you have any questions
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