Going back to work on Monday!!!
:cry yes, it's that time, exactly 8 weeks after giving birth it's time to go back to work. For the next 2 months, I will be at training, from 8am to 5pm. I will be dropping my daughter at the sitters at 6:30am, and Daddy will be picking her up at 4pm. I will only have 3 opportunities to pump, right when I get to work, lunch break, and driving home. I bought a car charger for my Medela pump, plan to pump in the parking lot, some part in the office for lunch, and on my way home from work (I have a Simple Wishes bra) - so my hands are always on the wheel.
I get about 4ozs a breast when I pump. She feeds about every hr and a half on the breast. I'm trying to figure out is 3 times during the day enough to pump until I make it home to her, when she can go back to my boob? Also, how many ounces should I send to the sitter with her. I already have stash of about 60 or so ounces in my fridge, but I don't want the sitter to have to worry about her not eating enough. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Re: Going back to work on Monday!!!
Ideally, it would be better if you could pump sometime between lunch and driving home - that's a bit of a long stretch - both in terms of giving your breasts the stimulation they need to give the signal to make milk, and in terms of your comfort level. Any way you can talk to your supervisor about working in pump break in the mid-afternoon?
I don't think you'll really know whether those three times in the day are enough or not until you give it a try. It sounds like you will be apart from your LO for at least 11 hours? Or maybe even longer? (Not sure exactly how long your commute is....) For that long of a stretch a lot of mothers would need at least 4 pumping sessions. But it varies from mother to mother how much is enough, depending on supply and storage capacity, which varies. Here's some more information: http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/...ursing-mothers
You should feed your baby with the bottle in a similar way that she is fed at the breast. Every hour and a half - completely normal! But probably she only takes in a couple ounces with each feeding. So, try her on 2 oz bottles, with an extra ounce available if needed, maximum 4 oz. You can give separate 2 and 1 ounce portions. Over the course of the day, 1 to 1.5 ounces per hour apart - she'll be at the sitter 10.5 hours, so somewhere in the range of 10 - 15 ounces. The key is not to overfeed baby, and not to use the bottle as a means of soothing baby.
Here are some articles about childcare and the breastfed baby, including bottle feeding techniques and some things you can print out and give to the sitter:
Good luck! It's hard to go back, but it gets easier. :gvibes