Ok I am not sure how to handle this situation. My son is almost 8 months old and I have been back to work since he was 10 weeks. When I went back to work, I was able to pump at work and continue bfing successfully at night and on my days off. In the past week, I have moved and started a new job in which I am not able to pump at all and I am not sure if I should completely wean or what to do.
This past week was my first week at my new job and I have gone 8 hours or more without pumping each day. Needless to say by the time I get home I am completely engorged and VERY uncomfortable!! I will be working during the day so I would like to continue to nurse at night and I have plenty of a stockpile so my lo will not have to be on formula at all I don't think. Here are my questions.
1. Since most of the time during the week I will not be with my lo, and I will not be able to pump, should I wean completely and only give him bottles even on my days off (which will only be 2 days a week) so that my body will adjust and not be confused?
2. Should I nurse all day when I am with lo on my days off?
3. Also, my lo sleeps through the night, he goes down between 7-8 pm and can sleep most nights until 7 or 8 am, I have been pumping around 10pm and dream nursing him or pumping around 2-3am to keep me from getting uncomfortable but he doesn't necessarily need that feeding. Once I get home from work I don't really have many opportunities to nurse him before he goes down for the night, just around 7-8 when I am putting him to bed, the night feeding which he doesn't ask for, its mostly for me, and then in the morning before I leave for work. Should I continue this routine?
I am feeling like I need to wean completely to keep my body from getting confused but I am not sure.
How do I keep from getting so uncomfortable during the day while at work? Pumping while driving is not a good option for me...I'm not that coordinated...
Thank you so much for your input!!!