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    Default Returning to work

    I know I'm going to get varied answers and that's fine. Let's make sure we respect each other :-)

    I'm returning to work two days a week in a months time.
    DD will be almost one. I'm still breast feeding her.

    I won't be able to express at work due to the type of work.

    What do I do? I want to avoid getting mastitis.

    Should I mix feed? Should I start doing that now so my supply adjusts?

    Will she need formula at all?

    Open to suggestions :-)

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    Posted in wrong section sorry

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    I returned to work a couple of months ago but full time (DS Is 9 mths). I had originally thought that I would express but when I did the sums, it would take too much time out of my day. I ended up weaning him and he hasn't had any problems at all. I dropped a feed every few days and didn't have a problem with mastitis or only a day of engorgement.

    I think that mix feeding or formula feeding is fine. At the end of the day, you just have to do what ever you have to so that bub is fed.

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    If your dd is almost one she should be able to have solids in place of a milk feed, such as a yoghurt. This shouldn't impact at this stage on your supply if you wish to continue feeding as normal when at home. My dd won't take a bottle and if I'm away during that time she will eat a lot more solids.
    Personally I wouldn't introduce formula, cows milk is fine after 6 months as long as it isn't a complete replacement of
    breast milk, and at 1 isn't nutritionally needed at all. But that's just me and my dd.

    I couldn't imagine dd not breast feeding so frequently and was scared of returning to work but it was a dramatic drop off at just before 11 months, I still feed her 3 times a day but she doesn't ask for it or need it, she'll happily go without.

    Good luck, I'm returning in 2 weeks it's very daunting I know the feeling
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    I returned to work part-time (2-3 days a week) with both children aged about 12 months and kept feeding without expressing.

    At this stage your supply should be quite settled and should adjust without too many problems.

    I didn't drop any feeds, I just demand fed as normal on home days and on work days they fed mornings and nights. I did feel quite full at first but my body soon adjusted with no dramas.

    Both of my children were offered formula feeds at daycare but neither were interested. They drank water and ate normally and I just added extra yoghurt pouches and juicy fruits like watermelon to their daycare lunches.

    Good luck, hope it all goes well.


 

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