April 12th, 2015, 10:24 AM
Hello! I'm an expectant mother, currently four months pregnant. My partner and I are trying to navigate bottles/pumping vs. my desire to pretty much exclusively breastfeed. I know I won't really know until we're there, but I'm trying to plan ahead as best as possible.
Our baby is due September 24th, this fall. I plan on taking off of work from the day I go into labor (essentially) until January 1st. Again, in a perfect world where nothing goes wrong and my milk comes in on time and baby latches great from the get-go, I plan to exclusively breastfeed, no pumping, no formula, until I return to work. I will have to return to work to help support us financially, as my partner is wrapping up a graduate program and has a one-person income.
When I return to work, I will be working from 7:30am-12:30pm, leaving home by 6:15am and returning by 1:15pm. My partner will be working from home and caring for the baby during the time I'm away. For the seven hours that I am gone, I would like to have two fresh (not frozen) breastmilk bottles in the fridge for my partner to feed the babe during the seven hours I'm away.
My question: What should I really be preparing myself for? We live in a one bedroom city apartment with a fridge on the small size, and want to avoid any extra do-dads (warmers, excessive amounts of bottles, lots of stored breastmilk, etc). I really envision owning four to six bottles, one manual pump, and getting about two bottles pumped in the...