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    Default How do I part time bf (without pumping)?

    Hi, new to this forum. I tried googling stuff regarding weaning but I'm all confused! Figured le leche forum is the best place to get help!

    So I go back to work in two weeks. I will be away from my sweet baby boy about 11-12 hours 4 days/week (I'm so sad!!). I've been bfing full time for the last 11 weeks. I heard that its possible to continue bf at morning and night..& give formula during the day while at daycare. I cannot pump at work unfortunately. Only because there isn't an area to do this And I have a schedule that doesn't allow breaks, so the only place would be the car on my lunch hour (which wouldn't be comfortable for me). So I'm wondering how I can do this where I bf before work and after work. My concerns are that my son wants to do this cluster feedimg in the evenings. How will the breasts adjust to this? Do i need to have an exact time as to when I bf (like 6am and 6pm)? Or can I just pick anytime in the evenings (bf like 6 pm and 9 pm or whatever) and it won't matter? I'm so stressed about this because I don't want to stop bfing! Can anyone give me advice on how to make this work without drying up? Thanks!!!!

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    Default Re: How do I part time bf (without pumpi

    Well, a lot of us pump in our cars I've done it for a year and counting. And I was even driving at the same time. So it might be more do-able than you think and depending on your company, they may be required by current law to allow you pumping breaks until your LO is 12 months. Someone may come along with more info on that. I know my boss is exempt as he only has about 7 employees, but a larger company, a government agency, etc, would not be.

    But how to nurse PT...nurse on demand while at home and weekends. Cosleep so baby can nurse at will. Take baby with you everywhere when you are off. Just nurse. No bottles if you are home, and your priority would be being available to nurse when you are not at work. Cluster feed. It will be fine. It's not ideal, but it can work.
    ETA:scheduling won't work. But the more you nurse during certain times, the more you produce during those times, and night nursing is very helpful for supply, especially for a mom who is PT nursing.
    Susan
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    Default Re: How do I part time bf (without pumpi

    However, being less then 12 months out....going more then 6 hours with out pumping/nursing your supply will have damage even during the night time. Any time you go longer then 6 hours your supply is very likely to have a hit, and then your period is likely to come back, hitting the supply even lower.....I would try to pump at least 2 times (in the car, I love car pumping really) if at all possible, with a baby this young especially. I really wouldn't want to risk my supply taking the hit it potentionally could...if your baby was close to or over a year old, I wouldn't worry about it as much cause at that age they don't need so much and would be transitioning to getting some calories and nutritional needs met with solids but with a baby this young, I just wouldn't want to risk it. Cause the odd thing about supply and demand is just cause baby eats a lot at 6 if he hasn't ate some earlier (less then six hours) your body isn't going to have near as much as regularly emptied breast.

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    Default Re: How do I part time bf (without pumpi

    Some moms even pump while driving! I never did. But I've heard they wear a nursing cover while driving. I pumped in my car quite a few times. It's actually really nice when it's nice outside. I put a bunch of sunshades up, so nobody could see me.

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    Default Re: How do I part time bf (without pumpi

    I just pull my shirt down
    Susan
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    Default Re: How do I part time bf (without pumpi

    My main concern for you in this situation is being uncomfortable due to not being able to pump. If you nurse on demand all weekend it will help bring your supply back up and then Monday you are probably going to feel very full and risk plugged ducts, etc. Are you thinking of doing a mix of BF and FF on the weekends, too?

    All of the women above are suggesting to try pumping in the car, and I don't want you to think that we are just saying "suck it up and do it". Even if you have decided to supplement during daycare, getting in one good pumping session per day will go a long way in preserving your own breast health by avoiding plugged ducts and help maintain a fairly good supply so you might be able to continue EBFing on the other 3 days of the week.

    I have pumped a few times in the car and it is not as bad as I would have thought. Please, give it a try.
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    Default Re: How do I part time bf (without pumpi

    Here's a link for you: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/weaning-partial.html

    My concern with you not pumping at all would be that your supply would drop too much at this early stage and also that you are going to be in some serious pain. Also, with an 11 week old baby I don't think you can nurse on demand on weekends and feed formula all day four days a week. I'm not trying to be negative, I just think that your supply will be impacted so much that you will then have to give formula on weekends during the day.

    How large is your company? If they are larger than 50 employees and you are in the US they are required by law to provide you with a place to pump and break time to do it.
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    Default Re: How do I part time bf (without pumpi

    I agree with the earlier questions about seeing if you can pump at work-if you want to continue to breastfeed that should be your first step.

    But if you don't want to pump or absolutely cannot pump for whatever reason, you can wean during the day but it will impact your supply.

    You may have to give formula during working hours even on days you are home. Your supply may be impacted and if you nurse all weekend, as someone wrote, come Monday you may be too full to go a full day without pumping.

    Around 12-16 weeks I started going up to 10-12 hours without nursing (twins) overnight. We gave them a bottle before bedtime and they slept through the night. My body responded. It also impacted my overall supply, not just at night but also during the day. But it was a choice I made, an informed one, and it works for us.
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