BF and returning to work

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BF and returning to work

Postby pirate_han » 21 Jul 2015, 07:59

A is six months old; I didn't BF B for this long so just after some advice from those in the know. My goal is to BF until he's 1 and then see where we're at. I'm not going back to my original job but I will need to find some part-time work in a couple of months time (he will be with DH or at a push my mum, who he sees regularly).

He's currently feeding every few hours during the day and night. He's never had a bottle so no idea if he would. I don't think I've been away from him yet long enough for him to miss a feed. How does it work, will he just be fine and then scream like a banshee when I get home and feed madly? :)
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Re: BF and returning to work

Postby emzit » 21 Jul 2015, 09:26

He might, or you could pump and try a bottl or sippy cup and see how he goes. Muncher went ito childcare at 6 months a couple of days a week and went with a bottle fine even though he'd been a refuser. Squish want into childcare at 11 months and went straight onto a straw cup of bm. I'm still pumping for him and he's desperate for milk when I pick him up.

A couple of months is likely to be a big change so don't stress yet! Although starting a freezer stash may not be a bad idea...?
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Re: BF and returning to work

Postby Marrow » 21 Jul 2015, 11:01

Have a think about what you want A to drink in your absence. Is it important to you that he doesn't have formula? Or are you happy with BM when you're around, formula when you're not? Obviously, A might have other ideas, whatever you think...!
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Re: BF and returning to work

Postby Lily » 21 Jul 2015, 16:32

I also did some part time work when Izbiz was 8-9 months. He was barely eating at that age, and feeding every 2 to 4 hours or so. My mum looked after him, and offered bottles of expressed bm; he took a little bit, but mostly drank water from a doidy cup and ate some fruit, breadsticks, that sort of thing. He was totally fine, and maybe fed a bit more overnight but not overwhelmingly so.

One thing to consider is that you might need to express during the working day for your own comfort, even if you don't give the milk to A.
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Re: BF and returning to work

Postby Feefielou » 22 Jul 2015, 13:29

I had no choice but to go back full time when I went back to work, so it was definitely necessary to pump; as Lily puts it, as much for my own comfort as to provide milk for Moonbeam. That can also help to keep your supply going if you would otherwise be making a significant change in how often your breasts are emptied. So when thinking about options for part time work, maybe you can try and find out if there is somewhere suitable to pump and if possible to clean the pieces afterwards, although not necessary if you'll just be doing it once per day, then you can just take it all home and clean it there. Whether your LO will take the milk, and whether that will be in a bottle or a cup, only time will tell. I feared Moonbeam would never take a bottle but after a few weeks of DH offering it (with me well out of sight and smelling range) she soon became totally happy with the idea and didn't even care about it being warmed. We managed well with me pumping throughout the working day for a full six months, even after she had gone on permanent boob strike at nine months!

Having said that, if you don't fancy pumping or don't feel the need to (I envy you if you don't have rock-hard bobs after three hours), it's entirely likely that you can get away with not doing and still not have to introduce formula if you prefer not to, depending on how long you are apart. A workmate of mine did a massive feed first thing in the morning, went home at lunchtime for one more, and then both she and LO were (still are, two years later) fine for the rest of the day. Each to their own!

Rest assured that whatever strategy you end up going with, you'll find something that works-- possibly not exactly what you plan, as each LO has plans of their own, but he won't go hungry. Good luck!
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