Re: Need Advice- 6 Week Old
Scheduling feedings can be dangerous to your milk supply and your baby's growth. There is no reason why you cannot feed on demand at home while you are working. I never scheduled my son's feedings at home, and he did just fine at daycare. In fact although he was also fed on demand by bottle at daycare, he fell into a fairly predictable routine on his own accord there simply because of the more structured days.
Originally Posted by @llli*katwoman24
Don't worry about this yet. As long as you have a decent, new pump and properly sized horns, there is no reason to think that will be an issue. There is a working and pumping forum here full of experienced mamas who can help out if problems arise. Plus, the more she nurses at home, the better your milk supply will be and the easier it will be to pump.
I'm so confused about this....what if I don't produce enough for day to day bottles? Because there's times she'll nurse so much during the day and what if that happens at daycare and they don't have enough of my milk?
I would wait until a week or two before you go back to work to start pumping. Start by pumping once a day. Pick a time (mornings usually yield the most milk) and pump every day at that time. You only need to pump what you will need for your first day back at work (1-1.5 ounces of milk for every hour you are away) plus maybe an extra bottle or two. Bottles should be small 2-4 ounces (my son never took more than 3 ounces at a time until well over a year). Your DCP should use slow flow nipples and paced bottle feeding techniques.
Also, would love some advice on starting out pumping? How many times a day before going back to work? When do I start?
I liked to nurse my baby in a sling when he was little and in an Ergo now. I like to be able to keep doing what I'm doing and it is very discreet (I've talked to strangers on the street while nursing my son). With or without the sling, I think the most important thing is to dress in a way you feel comfortable. I wear a tank or cami that I can pull down under a t-shirt or button down top that I can lift up. NIP just takes a little practice, and before you know it you won't think twice about it.
Also, had some first experience feeding in public today, it causes me to be kinda anxious actually...I personally just feel more comfortable at home. (but being at home with her all the time, I literally can't get anything done).
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).