Re: Not storing enough for return to work
In terms of the other thing you are talking about, find the SLOWEST flow nipple you can if your baby likes to graze and perhaps have your partner experiment either with allowing baby to suck his finger or a paci if you prefer. We used our finger at our house. Even a child who is with their mother who has a strong need to suck can and will take something else. We started this at about 5 weeks and I am glad we did. It didn't last long. He started to refuse it at about 4.5 months but in the interm, I would feed him off both breasts and then stick my finger in his mouth and he'd suck my finger for another 30-60 minutes. I was still there with him so it didn't free me up at all. Which was fine. I wanted to be with my baby. But it gave my breasts a break and let me know that he didn't need milk every time he wanted to suck. I remember thinking when he'd suck on my finger for an HOUR after feeding at nighttime that if he was still at the breast that I'd have flipped him back and forth like 3times by now! We didn't start doing this until after the 5week point so we waited until my supply was established. But I think I read somewhere that your baby is at least 7 weeks old? So I think it's safe for you to experiment with other ways to pacify your baby. OR maybe just have your partner experiment if you want to breastfeed whenever together. [/QUOTE]
Motivated by your response, we really made the extra effort in terms of non breast soothing options today. I have now watched my DD repeatedly refuse pacifier and finger in a variety of ways: turning her head, spitting them out, crying loudly with big open mouth so nothing can stay in and my favorite, shoving away with her hands (this was actually rather impressive and seemed advanced for an 8 week old!). I guess if at first you don't succeed...
1st time mom over 40 to Alex(andra) b: 7/14/12