When Do I Stop

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BWIND - January 13

My baby is due in about four weeks and I'm planning on br___tfeeding. I'm going back to work after 12 weeks. I don't know how easy it will be to pump while at work. When should I begin the process of weining the baby off the br___t? How long does it take? I don't want to go back completely miserable and sore. Any suggestions would help.

 

mtnla__s - January 18

I would suggest that you do both. Nurse when you are at home and use formula when at work. I would say you need to adjust a couple of weeks before returning to work. Start with one feeding a day for a few days and increase to another for a few days until you get all the feedings covered. Have someone else feed the baby the bottle if possible or he/she may not take it since they know you have the good stuff. You may need to pump and mix the first few feedings until the baby is use to the formula. If you find that can you pump while at work your supply won't be gone and it will quickly pick up at the times you would pump. Talk to a lacation specialist after the baby is born about the number of weeks and other suggestions about weaning out feedings. If you do pump get a good pump not one of those cheap things. You can rent a hospital grade one if you just want to try things out or rent for a long time. They are amazing. You'll feel like a cow putting out tons of milk. Even if you just b___st feed before bed you'll still give your baby the good stuff and have that time with the baby. As the baby gets on solids the feedings decrease anyway and the last feeding to go usually is the bedtime feeding. Good luck!

 

Miriam - January 18

mtnla__s covered most of the practical stuff. I'd like to talk about the psychological aspect. I was just like you, I wanted to b___stfeed for a couple of months and wean by the time I come back to work. There were two reasons for that. 1) I didn't want to be tied down by b___stfeeding and 2) I didn't think I'd be able to pump milk at work and bring it home. Well, when I actually had my son and started to nurse I felf very different about it. I wanted to do it and by the time my maternity leave was coming to an end the thought of quitting made me cry. So I decided to feed him when I'm home and pump and dump the milk at work. I was so uneducated about the whole thing and didn' t know that I can store the milk in a cooling bag. I also thought that I would have to resort to pumping in the bathroom. Luckily my first day back at work a few co workers convinced me that it could be done. I ended up pumping in a conference room and bringing milk back to my baby. I can't say that it was very easy but its doable. I just stopped pumping a few weeks ago, my son is now a year old. I guess what I'm trying to say is keep an open mind because you don't know how you are going to feel and see if you can make arrangements at work.

 

BWIND - January 18

Thanks for the advice. I feel so naive about this stuff....This is my first baby and I have so many questions. I may try to pump at work.....I teach school, and worry about having enough time to pump during lunch. The good news is....I'm working only for 12 days then it is summer break....surely I can do it for 12 days. Thanks for you help.

 

spamanda - January 20

Yes you absolutely can do it for 12 days! I was pretty nervous about pumping at work, too... I work in a big corporate building and there are really only two rooms we can use for pumping. (Or the bathroom, but eww.... lol) All the rest have walls of windows, lol! Talk to your human resources person, or to the principal, or whoever. Ask around. Even pumping once a day can make a huge difference in your supply. I pump twice a day, I think it takes me about 15-20 minutes each time, and that includes set up and clean up afterwards. Like I said, I was worried about it but now I've been back to work for just over a month and it's no big deal anymore. Also it's kind of a nice break during the day! Good luck. You're so lucky you only have to work for a few days before summer break!

 

Brenda M - January 20

BWIND...I'm a teacher and I had my baby in July. I went back to work (high school) in November and have been pumping and b___stfeeding since then--no problems, no worries. Yes, it's a little time-consuming and takes some planning the night before (packing the pump, ice-packs, etc), but it's soooo worth it! I made it a goal that I wouldn't feed my baby formula, and so far so good. I pump once around 9:00 a.m. during my planning period, and again over my lunch. I pump both sides and each side takes about ten minutes. That gives me two four ounce bottles. I then go home and nurse baby twice, then pump before I go to bed. He eats once in the middle of the night, and I pump one more bottle--WALAH--there are my four bottles to give to the babysitter to feed him while I'm at work. You can do it! And your baby is worth it. :)

 

mtnla__s - January 22

If you only have 12 days of work then you can do it! I would recommend renting a high quality b___st pump to get the most of your time. I used the Medela Lactina and on the first pumping got 4 oz per b___st in less than 10 minutes. I don't remember what the rental cost was but it was worth it for me. That was nearly 10 years ago, (sob sob) so there may be better products out there. Good luck!

 

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