Re: Working mom, still bf--is it normal to feel so exhausted
I wanted to address exhaustion and say YES! I'm a full time working mom whose mornings consist of nursing, snuggling and playing with baby, then working and pumping all day long, then coming home to nurse, snuggle and play with baby till bedtime. Whether a working mom or a SAHM who has to keep baby occupied most of the day, who wouldn't be exhausted. Add to that the stress of your daycare situation and I'm sure you feel wiped. I'm not an expert but I read a lot and I agree with PPs on the overfeeding. Kelly Mom is a great resource. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/
My advice: 1. since this is your baby and your money you must let daycare know you're in charge and what the guidelines are for your kid. You will surely be served by being calm and nice, but be clear. 2. Take care of yourself. Hydrate hydrate hydrate while you work and don't snack on junk. The better I eat the better I feel. I'm still struggling to fit exercise in (which is a huge shift - I ran a 1/2 marathon right before finding out I was pregnant) so I set my goals low: 20 min a day of something. I pull up the Exercise programming within Xfinity Comcast on demand and pick a different workout a day. I try to do yoga 1X / week. 3. I know it's easier said than done but if you're not satisfied after speaking to daycare pursue a change. Nanny sharing can be a good option if having your own nanny isn't feasible. We did opt for our own nanny whom we found through care.com but I spent weeks screening profiles, and doing phone interviews and doing in person interviews for those who seemed strong. It was a lot of work on weekends while also trying to spend time with my kiddo but it paid off. We have a smart, loving amazing nanny who really understands breast milk feeding and attachment parenting. These were focal areas when interviewing. You have to be bold with your questions. If they won't answer something or don't have the experience, move on. It's your kid.
Hope some of this is helpful. Private message me if you want.
1st time mom over 40 to Alex(andra) b: 7/14/12