I was wondering what to do in the future for date nights to reconnect with my husband. Do I need to pump during the day, if it's my day off and I'm nursing the baby all day, in order to leave a bottle with my mother-in-law to give the baby? If I'm gone about 4-5 hours, is it risky to let the baby have a bottle but for me not to pump? It doesn't seem practical to pump while we're out.
Also, I have been back to school 3 days/week for the past month, DH or MIL watches the baby. I will be returning to work, gone 5 days/week besides a weekly date night I'd like to add. LO is 6 months.
I'd like to plan this for many more date nights to come. Last night was our first, here's what happened. We dropped LO off with MIL, and drove to the city to see a show. It was wonderful, but there was no time/place for pumping, the car wasn't practical with the crowds out. MIL says is this all the milk you are leaving? for the 5 oz bag of milk. I said that's plenty, but I plan on taking a freezer stash of milk for her to have on hand for future sittings. She showed me a bottle with 2 oz of milk in it when we got back, saying baby didn't eat much. I had said only give her 3 oz at first, then another oz or 2 if she's still hungry. I feel like she wasted some milk by trying to give her full bottles, even though they are only 4 oz size bottles. Sorry this is so long, I'm just looking for input from others who successfully have date nights with your significant other, leaving a bottle and not losing supply by doing so. Thanks for any and all feedback.