Hello everyone... I am seeking some advise as I am a first time mother who will be returning to work (full-time) in about 5 weeks.
My baby will be 12 weeks old when I return to work, he is almost 7 weeks old now and ever since we had his tongue tie corrected (at 6 days old) he has been exclusively breastfeeding.
FYI the first few days after we were home from the hospital we had to supplement with bottles because he was unable to extract enough milk from my breasts due to the tongue tie- we usually supplemented him with pumped breast milk. When we were supplementing I found it very difficult because even though it was only for a few days, he was already beginning to show signs of preference for the bottle (since the milk flows easier from a bottle). We have gotten over that hump as I am now exclusively breastfeeding but I have to say I am nervous about returning to work as he will need to be bottle-fed during the day and I am scared he will again develop a preference for the bottle and refuse to eat from my breast. My hope is that he will bottle feed while I am at work and that he will breastfeed when I am home (evenings, nights, and weekends).
Also, since I will be returning to work in about 5 weeks I feel I need to start obtaining a supply of breast-milk for my mother who will be watching him when I am at work (approx. 9.5 hours a day- 5 days a week). Is it too soon to start pumping? What is the best way to go about pumping extra milk to store so that I will not get engorged or feel uncomfortable all the time? Should I pump a little after feedings? if so how many feedings should I pump after? or should I set aside a whole different time to pump, for example when the baby is sleeping?
Your comments are appreciated! Thanks!