Hi, I am not sure how this works as never been on a forum or site like this before, but I am expecting to blast my message off into the ether and lots of amazing more experienced breastfeeding mums to answer....not sure this is quite how it works but here goes! Emily is my first baby, currently 8 1/2 months, still breastfeeding loads in the day and 2 or 3 times a night. so far I have only left her for an afternoon or so.
I am in a tricky work situation and have to return to a job two hours away from home for 17 and1/2 hours a week. just for 3 months in order not to pay back my maternity pay. this wil mean staying away one or two nights a week, but it is only temporary. I really don't want to give up breastfeeding and i get the feeling that emily doesn't either. I have managed to postpone going back to work until she is 11 months by taking unpaid leave, so don't want to do anything drastic until then, but i have to do a few bits and bobs of work over the next few months, including two training days whete i will have to stay away overnight in about two weeks time. My partner pete will be looking after emily this time i go away, and I have hand expressed bottles and frozen it(no luck with the pump) for this fisrt trip, but not sure what will happen after that. Will my milk supply survive being away two nights a week if i just hand express? (i know its not ideal but seems the best and easiest way i get most out) or will emily loose interest? i guess further down the line isn't my biggest worry as she will be older and eating more, but i am really worried about this trip coming up as she is still breatfeeding loads and if i am not there in the night will it totally freak her out if her dad is there
with a bottle? also should i be practising before hand and having a night away from her, or trying to wean her a little bit by giving her bottles, even though i am not properly going back to work till oct?
am sure i am irrationally panicky and have total fear of seperation anxiety but hey, any suggestions gratefully recieved, am really enjoying brestfeeding and would like to keep going as long as possible . cheers! zoe xxx