Today, 07:37 PM
Hi, just wanted to say I agree with mommal about how to lower your milk production with an eye towards weaning. Try to be as gradual as possible to be safe.
When you say you nurse baby 5 times, I assume baby is also getting bottles of formula? Are you also pumping right now? Or are you saying that your baby only eats 5 times in 24 hours and milk is removed from the breasts only 5 times?
With that kind of very low nursing frequency, if that is all baby eats and baby is gaining well and you are not uncomfortable, then you probably have a very, very large milk storage capacity. I am not sure what that would mean as far as milk production goes. But, if you have normal or near normal milk production at this point, and you will have a long work day of 10+ hours starting in two weeks, I think it is entirely possible you simply will not be able to drop your milk production quickly enough to be entirely safe. When a lactating woman goes many hours without milk removal, not only does it impact her milk production, it puts her at risk for engorgement, plugs, and mastitis- yes, she can actually become ill. Quite ill. This is why there are laws in many places including federal law in the US protecting a woman's right to pump at work, and, as mommal suggests, moms whose jobs do not fall under the laws or the 'norm" do find creative workarounds all the time.
But, if you absolutely cannot pump at work, then I would suggest learn hand expression to help you get relief at work if...