I apologize for the long post in advance... I nurse my 12-month old son & I'm anxious about what to do when I return to work in 3 weeks. My son will be at home with either my husband or mom.
Currently he nurses when he wakes up around 7:30am, then ~10:30am, ~1pm, ~4pm, before bed, and 1-2 times overnight. His biggest feed is first thing in the morning. The daytime ones are more like snacks & for comfort. He eats 3 solid meals a day & 1 snack.
My biggest concern is that I'll be gone to work before he wakes up, so I'm going to miss his biggest, best feed. I'm planning to leave a bottle for my hubby/MIL to give him when he wakes up. I will pump that feed instead to maintain my supply. Should they give it when he wakes or try to feed him solids first and then offer the bottle?
For the daytime feeds, I think I've resigned myself to replacing them with solids & regular milk. I'm a bit worried that won't satisfy him & he'll want more breast milk. Iwill have some in the freezer if needed, but do you think he'll just adjust to not nursing?
I'll nurse him when I get home around 4pm, and on demand for the rest of the evening & overnight.
Does this sound like it will work out?
I'm also wondering if I should wean daytime feeds before I go back to work, to make the transition easier on my son so he is used to not nursing during the day. But I'm not trying to wean him entirely so I'm afraid of inadvertently doing that. And the couple days I tried nursing less during the day, he cluster-fed in the evening & woke more overnight.