I am returning to work soon (in two weeks) and have no idea what I am supposed to do so I can continue breastfeeding. Please help!
Here are the details...my baby boy is 6 months old (27 weeks, exactly) and is exclusively breastfed (we haven't started solids yet). We had LOTS of troubles in the beginning, including oversupply and baby loosing too much weight in the first week (the solution to which I think contributed to the oversupply, but that's another issue altogether). After the drama of all these problems, I swore off pumping and have been happily breastfeeding on demand since with no trouble.
Occasionally, I pump if necessary and can usually express about 100-150 mls between the two breasts in about 15 minutes. I don't attempt very regularly.
Baby eats a good feed about every 3 hours, but nurses for short bits here and there. I'll miss 2 of the regular feeds while I am at work. I am only working 3 days a week and plan to feed on demand, as usual the other 4 days of the week. Oh, and baby is staying with my husband while I am at work (and he does take a bottle).
So my questions are these:
1. How much milk do I need to plan to leave for baby every day that I am at work?
2. How much pumping should I plan to do while I am at work (fortunately, they are required--and willing--to give me as much time as I need)?
3. Should I just plan to pump during the times that he would normally eat? If I pump outwith these times, what do I do about the increased milk on the days I am not working?
4. Do I need to pump during the non-working days too? (Gosh, I hope not!!).
On an unrelated note....during the few times that I have pumped, we have occasionally noticed that the milk smells sour after a bit. Not always, but sometimes. I thought this might be due to either my husband heating the milk before giving to baby (he insisted that it needed to be warm) or because some of the milk was pumped during a bout of mastitis. But, I've read a few posts about lipase. Could this be the problem?
I am REALLY committed to continuing to breastfeed to AT LEAST a year, so any tips you can give to help make this transition would be great.