Re: A Million Questions
Yes, I had the same questions you did when I went back to work. It is very stressful But your LO will be 7 months old! You will only have to pump for 5 months! You can do this! What really helped me was learning that they need only 1-1.5 oz. per hour that you will be away, so for 7 hours aim for leaving 7-11 oz. Personally I left 4 oz. bottles, I know a lot of ladies leave a lot smaller ones., But I was away for 8 hours and Will took 3 4 oz. bottles. That amount never went up. When he was 10 months old it actually went down because he was eating solids well and drinking juice and water from a cup. At 6 months I would not worry about bottle preference, but I may start trying different bottles on your LO to see which one he WILL take. I know meetings and things come up, but try to pump at least every three hours. If you have to be late occasionally it should not hurt. I also learned on here that you do not have to worry about washing the pump parts. I had the portable cooler as well, and I just put that as well as the whole pump in the fridge between pumpings. Then you can wash it when you get home. The milk will not spoil on the parts. The portable cooler was insulated, so I probably did not need to put it in the fridge, but I am a teacher and I did not want it sitting out in the classroom. Then you just take the bottles out and leave them at the daycare at the end of the day and collect the dirty bottles to take home and wash. I pumped first thing in the morning while LO was still sleeping and twice at school. If I came up short I pumped once in the evening or on the weekend.
Working mom to
Gabbie 3/8/02 BF 15 months
Rose 6/5/04 BF 18 months
Will 10/6/09 BF 22 months and counting