I'll be starting work again in about a month, a couple of shifts a week that will be 5/6pm-10/12pm. This is great news because we really need the income, the pay is great, 5 minutes walk from home and me working nights means I won't miss out on time with DD and do won't have to change his hours.
The problem is DD (10 months) is fed to sleep. If I weren't going back to work I wouldn't really have a problem with this, but of course I can't be in two places at once. She hasn't taken a bottle of expressed milk since she was about 4 months old, we're going to try it this weekend but I'm not confident to be honest.
At the moment her night routine is 6:15 dinner, followed by bath, out of the bath at 7pm then fed to sleep. Still feeding 2-3 times through the night and waking at least twice more. That's a good night.
Just wondering if anyone else has been in this position and if there was any ideas to make it easy on everyone. Hopefully she will just take the bottle and it'll be fine but like I said I'm not confident.
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14-06-2013 10:20 #1
Going back to night work with a babe who is fed to sleep
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14-06-2013 12:27 #3
I think the only thing to do is change. Feed her before you go to work if you are worried, but whoever puts her to bed will need to come up with a new strategy (patting, rocking, shhhh etc). I stopped feeding DD to sleep when I went back to work (attempting to get her to sleep longer at night plus she wouldnt take a bottle) the added bonus was that after 2 weeks of patting to sleep she ended up sleeping through the night. I still feed her after work now, sometimes she falls asleep as she is exhausted, but if she doesn't we just sit by her cot for 5min and she sleeps all night. Google 'sleep lady shuffle' this is the type of thing we used. Good luck.
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