I'm returning to work full time in a month and my baby girl will be two weeks short of her first birthday (yay to Canadian mat-leave). She has nursed like a trooper from the get go and although I only saw myself nursing for 6mo before birth, I absolutely love bf'ing her and now that I've educated myself about it I don't want to stop until she is ready!
My questions are regarding managing my return to work, right now she nurses before each nap (@ about 10am and 3pm) as well as at bedtime, upon waking, 3-5 times a night, and usually a third non-nap time during the day. So anywhere between 6 to 10 times in a 24hr period. She eats a good variety of solids about three times a day, but only a few tablespoons each time.
Once I'm at work she will be cared for by g'ma in our home and I will be leaving at 7:30am able to come home at noon for a half hour, then return home for the day at 4:30pm. I realize everyone is different, but in your collective experiences:
1. Do any of you have advice on if I need to transition her from before nap feedings and replace them with lunch feed/off work feed before I go back or just jump in once work starts with the later feeding times?
2. If I don't want to give her cow's milk, will I need to pump and leave milk for her or will one midday and one late afternoon feeding be enough in addition to feedings we can keep the same (bed time, night, waking etc)?
3. If I don't pump will it hurt my supply (since I'll be going longer between feeds and cutting back one daytime feed)?
Any general return-to-work stories/advice for this age would be greatly appreciated, I'm already struggling with separation anxiety and worried about jeopardizing our nursing relationship!