Re: New mom
When do you have to return to work?
Most moms are counseled to wait 4-6 weeks before introducing a bottle, enabling baby to really master breastfeeding before being introduced to an artificial nipple. So I would wait at least one more week. Then I would start giving a bottle every day or every other day, because bottle rejection can be a problem. A rare one, though!
Have someone other than you offer the bottle. Most babies are reluctant to take a bottle from mom, because they know mom has the real thing under her shirt! Be patient- it can take time and patience and experimenting with different bottles and nipples before you can get a baby to take a bottle.
Most moms who work start by pumping just once a day, usually in the morning after the baby's first feeding. So I would try that and see how much you get. If the milk is abundant, you will be well on your way to having a stash in the freezer. If you don't get a lot, you may need to pump a little more often than once per day. Just remember that you probably don't have to go crazy trying to build your stash, since you'll be bringin fresh milk home from work every day, and may not need to dip into your stash that often!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"