Working And Breastfeeding Advise HELP

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Ginny - November 23

I am at 32 weeks, and I'll be coming back to work full time after my 6 weeks off. I work in a small office, with people who are pretty understanding. How realistic is it to think I can really pump enough to maintain milk? How often do you usually have to pump? Are pumps loud? (This will be my first baby and I am OBVIOUSLY in the dark!!!) Any advice is appreciated!!


Jamie - December 6

It's very realistic to think you can pump and work. Most handheld pumps are virtually silent. You'll probably want to pump every 3 to 4 hours, and exclusively nurse when you are with your baby, in order to maintain supply. It might also be a good idea to have someone give your baby a bottle of formula every now and again before you go back to work, so that he/she becomes used to it if your care provider ever needs to supplement while you are at work. (For example, during a growth spurt, when the baby eats more than normal.) You should also plan on pumping during your maternity leave, so that you can build up a reserve in your freezer, if you're deadset against your baby having some formula, or if your baby, like mine, refuses formula. Definately try to find a La Leche League representative near you, and/or a lactation consultant. Your doctor and/or the hospital where you'll be delivering will have more information.


Laurie - December 6

You can pump at work and b___stfeed, I b___stfeed my daughter for 13 months and pumped every 3 to 4 hours or as your baby would eat at home. Try going to your daycare provider at lunch also, which well help break up the day. Also I found a lot of good info from breasfeeding .com Good luck


Shell - December 7

I went back to work at 12 wks and b___stfed til my baby was 11 months old. Pumped about 1 litre a day. Definitely pump while on leave and start freezing it. Remember bub starts on solids at about 5 mths so you get topped up then. Also, some people find that they just can't pump - don't beat yourself up if you can't. You will be a great mom no matter what..


Deena - December 7

You can do it. Find a daycare close to your work and nurse when you drop off, at lunch, and when you pick up. You won't have to pump as much and it will be much less stressful for both of you.



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