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    Default Going back to work...HELP!

    I need some advice on going back to work from Maternity leave.
    I go back at the start of June ( 3 days a week). My DD will be about 12 months old. And will be at childcare those 3 days.
    Im breastfeeding so she will be weaned onto bottles (which she already takes when I need her to) and is on solids so foodwise she is sorted for Childcare...but its naptimes im a little worries about and her sleeping at night when I return. She feeds to sleep and it doesnt both me but i dont thinj daycare will feed and rock her to sleep. Also at night she only wakes twice and i dont mind breastfeeding her at night even when i return to work (if my milk allows me) but im wondering if its a good idea to try and wean nighy feeds so she sleeps through.
    Anyway im a bit confused and wondering what other mummies did when they returned to work Or if u can recommend any good books,.websites or methods that help to make it easier with going back to work and getting bub ready for childcare!?

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    I've just returned to work about a month ago. While it would be lovely to wean my son off his night feeds, I didn't want to change too much in his life, given that we recently moved house as well. One thing I've noticed is he sleeps far, far better after cc days.

    I can't answer your feeding to sleep part, but I do know that at my DS's childcare they are very happy to follow his routines, so they will rock him to sleep if needed. I've seen them give bottles to certain kids that have bottles before nap time, and upon waking for others. It's amazing what they do. I'd tell them your concerns and ask their advice, purely for your own peace of mind.

    Good luck. It is a big transition, but my son at least seems to be thriving!

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    Most daycares are happy to follow the child's routine. DD, now 3years started at 8 months and I fed and rocked her to sleep. Day care continued this until I gave them the go ahead to put her to sleep a different way.

    Also I did night feeds when she needed until she weaned herself, it was a blessing and a curse, she got to make the choice herself(kind of) I think daycare exhausted her so much she just slept through to rest...on the other hand my boobs literally bursted with milk.

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    I went back 3 days a week when DD was about 8mo. Daycare followed our routine then as she got older she just fell into the toddler routine with the others. She didn't sleep through the night until about 14mo which made for some tired days at work!

    I wasn't BFing by that point so can't really help there. I think you should just do what you're comfortable with, if you're not too tired with the night waking then just let her wean when she's ready if that's what you'd prefer to do. By June she may have totally changed it all up on you anyway!

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    I went back to work part time when DS1 was around 4 months, but he didn't go to daycare until 14 months (DH looked after him before he went to daycare). He started 1 day in daycare, then went to 2. I fed to sleep also, but daycare were happy to rock to sleep. He would get his bottle of EBM before nap time and they would then rock him in his cot. Babies are quite clever and can usually adapt pretty easily to different people using different methods to get them to sleep. Make sure before your lo starts daycare that they are happy to follow your routine, though it seems the norm that they do in the nursery.

    As for night weaning, it's really up to you. It may or may not help your lo sleep through. I started night weaning DS1 at around 9 months as a final resort after over 5 months of 1-2 hourly wakings. By around 12 months the night wakings mostly stopped. I am in the process of night weaning 10 month old DS2, and I've stopped boobie altogether at night, but he's still waking anywhere from 1-5 times a night and I'm rocking him back to sleep, so I think it will again be a gradual process.

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    My day care is happy to follow what we do at home. When he started he would be fed or rocked to sleep. We have just recently started CC with great results and they were very supportive of the change.

    We ended up weaning off BF just before I went back but will still give a bottle at night if he wakes up and won't resettle.

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    Thanks ladies for ur help and sharing experiences. Its helps alot already to hear ur stories and makes me less fearful of trying to change everything before going back to work.
    I think what im doing is working but like you say..everything could be different in a few months anyway
    We will see
    Im a bit sad about leaving bub even for 3 days but i secretly and looking forward to work and the socialising! It gets very lonely at home..even with a baby
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