Re: Class beginning 1 week after birth balancing breastfeedi
i agree with PPs - this might be doable (i could have done it, wouldn't have wanted to), but it'll be hard. i htink the best would be to have your caregiver near class, and bring the baby to you during your 10 mins per hour break. have a sling so that once the baby's latched you can go back and sit in class and let the baby finish - week old babies tend to linger at the breast - and fall asleep there. it actually might be quite easy, as far as the baby goes. then if the baby wakes and fusses, you can step out and hand off to caregiver. usually bottles and pumping are not recommended in the first week - heck, you might not even have milk before day 5 or 6! - so i would probably get a few oz of donor milk or formula as just in case for at least the first class back, before you've started pumping, while baby is going to be in the hall with caregiver.
ETA: this is rosy glasses, best case scenario. do plan a little what will happen if anything goes wrong or is difficult with the baby or the birth, as PPs have suggested.
and i'll echo the concerns about planning around due date - DS was born 12 days after his due date, and i've heard that 7-10 days after is the average for first time moms.
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