I have a 7.5 month old son and at the moment I stay at home with him during the day and I work as a community healthcare worker on a fill in type basis. This usually means evenings after 5 and weekends (split morning hours, afternoon off, and then more hours in the evening). I have to constantly nag them to get hours, but some weeks they still don't have much for me. On a good week I usually manage to get about 10 hours.
The trouble is that my husband and I never get any time off together as he has weekends off, and also his parents live an hour and a half away and we like to go spend weekends with them occasionally. When this happens then I am not able to work those weekend hours so usually have very little hours by the end of the fortnight.
My little guy was sleeping great waking only once or twice a night and self settling after his feed. But starting about 2 months ago he will not sleep on his own. He'll start the night off in his own bed but after the first feed he won't go back into his own bed and I spend the rest of the night in the spare bed with him. Some nights he won't stop moving around too even after I feed him so I can end up pretty tired the next day!
Lately my husband has been saying I should start looking for a job and we will put ds in care during the day. He says about 3 days a week would be good.
I'm just really stressed out about this because we had a lot of trouble w breast feeding at the beginning and I did a lot f pumping to get my supply up. After awhile I was no longer really getting any milk out when I pumped (my supply was ok again though so I was able to stop pumping). I'm just worried that I won't be able to pump enough for him to drink during the day.
Also this will be a new job and I am worried no one will want to hire me as they will have to take into account that I will need to pump during the day. I know they legally are required to give me time to pump but why would they want to hire me when they could hire someone else who does not need this special treatment?
Very concerned about leaving my son for this long, pumping enough for him to have his feeds during the day, and will it effect my supply if he is not feeding during the day?
He is eating 3 meals a day now, but I still feed him before each meal of solids and at least two additional times between the solid meals as well.
Sorry for the long ramble! Just feeling stressed and don't know how much longer I can put it off as we really need the money from two incomes again.
Thanks for your help,
Chloe and Jack xx