I'm an emergency veterinarian and I work overnights. My daughter will be 9 months old in about a week. I really want to continue nursing and avoid supplementing with formula. So far I have managed this, but I'm getting exhausted. I want to know if I change my pumping schedule on my days off, will I lose my milk supply? If I could just get a stretch of sleep longer than 5 hours. I think I would be a lot healthier and less stressed.
My work schedule is 6pm to 7:30 am 4 nights in a row then off for 4 nights. I'm only able to pump twice at work (once between 10 and midnight and again around 6-7 a.m.). I usually go home and sleep about 5 hours, get up and pump, then get my kids, nurse baby around 4:30 pm. She's in bed around 5pm and I have to leave for work by 5:05 to fight traffic or I'm late.
All 3 of my children go to day care while I sleep on my work days. On my days off, I keep baby home for the morning and take her to daycare for a few hours in the afternoon so I can get some things done or get a nap. She has started solids for 2 meals a day.
My nights off, I'm not able to fall asleep at a normal time even if I force myself to stay awake all day. I wind up falling asleep around 1 or 2 am and then getting up at 6 to feed baby a solid, pump, then nurse her. If I let my husband feed her her solid and take her to daycare like on a workday, so I could get a full night sleep, then wake up and pump, would I lose more of my milk supply. So far, I have kept up with her milk needs and before I went back to work, I created a large frozen supply that we haven't used much.
Sorry this is a long post, I'm just so tired. If I have to "tough it out" and just continue to be tired to do what's best for my baby, I will. Just hoping there is another option.
Tired all the time