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    Hi ladies. Luckily I won't be facing this problem for quite some time but I plan ( fingers crossed) to BF at least for a year. I will have to return to work after about 6 months ( that's the hand I was dealt not a lot I can do) and I am wondering if anybody who has continued to BF and express feed managed? I am also worried ill leak at work etc. What can or should I do? Will my body know when it's feeding time and go wild then but be okay the rest of the time? Sorry if this is a dumb question but I haven't dealt with BF before

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    I returned to work part time 10 wks after dd1 and 7mths after dd2 were born.

    With dd1 I pumped every second morning at 7 ish am plus at work.

    With dd2 I got into the habit of pumping every day at 1pm when both girls napped. This way my body 'added' an extra feed and since that was roughly the time I'd pump at work my body got into a routine.

    At any point I have about 1L in my freezer. this way I don't stress if I miss a pumping session at work (work 3 days and used to pump twice at work but now only once).

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    Yes! It can be done.

    I returned to work full time when my DS was 4.5 months old and I continued to feed him EBM until he was 13 months old.

    I would express twice during the day in my office (very lucky I could shut the doors and have all the privacy I needed) and express my other feeds at home (or breastfeed, though I was no longer feeding DS directly from the breast from 6 months onwards).

    After a while when DS really took better to solids I dropped down to expressing just once a day during work hours.

    It helps to build up a bit of a stockpile of EBM at home just in case you accidently leave your EBM at work in the fridge (I don't think I ever did this though).

    As for your concerns about your breasts leaking or getting engorged, they should adjust to your new pattern after a couple of days.

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    I am so glad to hear that. Privacy won't be an issue but I just didn't want that distraction ( I know it sounds terrible) I'd like to feed mostly from the breast unless I'm at work. Hopefully it all works out. At least you lovely ladies have filled me with a bit of confidence. I hate people who make you feel bad when you say you're returning to work.

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    I went back to work two days a week when ds was 6 months old. He is still breastfed and turns 1 in just under a month.

    I built up a supply in the freezer prior to returning to work as a back up.

    At that point ds was in a routine so I knew roughly when he would want feeds and just expressed then (twice in a 8 hr period).

    If you want to do it, it is definately possible for most. Try giving bottles of ebm before hand to ensure acceptance.

    I struggled with returning to work and found bfing when I got home helped me as I still had that bond. That's not to say those who ff don't have a bond also.

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    Im working 5 days/fn, express twice at work and feed as normal when home. My DD is 10.5mths & often doesn't drink her ebm I leave. I started work when she was 9.5mths. I started with about 800mls in the freezer but its a bit pointless now as she prefers fresh but is unpredictable, some days she'll have some, others not

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    Will they reject the breast if fed expressed milk if I was to work 2-3 days a week? Not that I'm concerned as I think so long as they're getting fed that's good too ( I can just imagine the shaking heads of disappointment from some people in my partners family) but oh well what can you do. I found these mimijumi bottles that are appealing to me as they try to replicate the nipple

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    My dd refuses bottles as was fed straight from the breast until I started work

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