Re: To Pump or Not To Pump....
9 weeks is a good time to introduce an occasional bottle, provided that nursing is now going well, and that you WANT to use a bottle. I actually wouldn't leave bottle introduction much longer if you want your baby to take a bottle. If you haven't introduced a bottle yet, I wouldn't wait for the ILs to try for the first time. What if baby won't take the bottle? And is screaming the whole time you're gone?
I think that in your shoes I would start pumping once a day, after the first feeding of the morning, and see what you get. Most moms have the most extra milk in the early morning, but even so you might not get much with a single manual pump. Those are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to effectiveness, and pumping is a learned skill that most moms need to practice at in order to get good at! Whether or not this discourages you is up to you.
Don't feel bad about wanting to be home with your baby, and don't feel bad about wanting some freedom from time to time! Both are totally normal, and there's no right or wrong way to feel.
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