Hi all, my maternity leave is ending and I am just a sad mama today. My first day back to work is Tuesday after 20 glorious and hard weeks at home with my son. I am worried because my son has not really taken to the bottle (admittedly I did not try very hard) so am nervous that he won't eat while I'm away. Please ease my fears! He will accept it eventually, right?
My son eats every 2.5-3 hours. He's 20 pounds and 4.5 months. Lately he doesn't seem as ravenous or interested during the day. He will eat a lot at night though.
My questions are:
1) is 4-5 ounces per bottle (4 bottles?) too much to leave for my babysitter?
2) I saw in another LLL thread a schedule that I am planning to follow: pump at 9:30a, 12:00p, 2:30p, 4:30p. Is that too much? That's ideal but realistically I am aiming for 3 sessions. Right now I plan on BFing in the morning when we wake up so my babysitter would give 3 bottles. Does that seem about right?
3) how long do you pump for?
4) when do you use the letdown button on the Medela PIS?
I have a good supply/oversupply issues so your insights are appreciated.
5) any pumping tips?