Today, 01:48 AM
Hi and welcome!
First I suggest, it is important to get a realistic idea of what would be a reasonable amount of milk to have stored in the freezer at the point you return to work. You would really only absolutely need enough milk for one day, although of course, most moms wish to have more than that for emergencies, low out put days, etc. But assuming you will be pumping often enough while you are at work-and I hope that is the case- you will not need massive amounts of milk stored. 6 weeks is 42 days. Assuming a normal 8-10 hour work day, If you pumped only one ounce a day for 40 days, you would have enough milk total to leave for your baby to cover about 4 working days. That would be a pretty good stash, in my opinion. Of course, you may not want to pump every day, but if you pumped every other day but pumped 2 ounces per day, the total would be the same. What I am trying to say is, I think you have time to build up a quite good stash without too much trouble. If you would like more info on this, www.kellymom.com has a milk calculator.
Now, as to your doctor's advice- was this your OB, or your baby's pediatrician?
On the face of it, it sounds like a good example as to why it is often not a very good idea to take breastfeeding advice from doctors, as, sadly, most of them know little about it. But I am curious why your doctor thinks your baby needs something other than what baby is getting naturally from nursing. Is baby gaining slowly? Fast? Spitting up a lot?...