Re: Back to Work - Feeding Help
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First, can you tell us what line of work you're in, and why it's not possible to pump on the job? There may be someone here who shares your situation, and can suggest ways to make pumping possible for you. I'm sure that sounds far-fetched but we have had that exact thing happen here before!
If baby will only nursed a few times a day, solids will not be sufficient to make up for the loss of breastmilk in his diet. Until a year, breastmilk or formula are supposed to be the baby's primary source of nutrition. It is much, much more difficult to give a baby the proper balance of nutrition (calcium, fat, protein, calories, etc.) with solids, especially when you consider how erratic babies' eating habits tend to be, when it comes to solids.
When you're weaning, you want to cut one feeding from your day (ideally, you cut the baby's least favored feeding) and replace it with a bottle of formula (or solids, in an older baby). You maintain the new pattern for several days, and then drop another feeding and replace that feeding with formula. You repeat the process until all the unwanted feedings are gone.
Unless your work schedule will accommodate you being with your baby at naptime, you will probably need to replace that feeding with a bottle, as well. Since that feeding is useful to you, I would keep it until you go back to work. Let your baby's daycare provider figure out how to get him to sleep using the bottle. Baby will not want to nurse when he's with the DCP- he knows that only you have that particular superpower.
A breastfeeding-supportive formula schedule is probably something you'll have to come up with on your own. If baby is getting so much formula that he doesn't want to nurse, you may need to reduce the amount he's getting in his bottles, or keep the last bottle small and a fairly long time before you and your baby are reunited.
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