I will be returning to work in 2 weeks, when my son will be 1 year old. I hope to get some ideas to help ease the transition for the both of us.
Until now, he was breastfed on demand - that is about every 2-3 hours, even in the nighttime. He gets 2 solid meals a day, sometimes even 3(he loves solids). I don't give him any water, I sometimes offer some freshly squeezed fruit juice, but not on a regular basis(he's not very fond of other liquids than breastmilk). His weight gain was fine until now (he has 9.6kg and 76cm), the pediatrician is satisfied with his development.
Once I start working my schedule will be quite charged :we will be separated for about 11-12h/day, 5 days/week. I will probably also end up working during weekends (probably less than 8h/day and not on a regular basis). And, last but not least, I will have at least once a week a 24h shift (on average,5 times/month). And I probably won't have the time nor the place to pump more than once/day (I am planning to sneack away somewhere on the lunchbreak).
So, here come the questions :
-what to do to maintain a good supply? should I take fenugreek? or blessed thistle? or something? Will my milk dry up because of my hectic schedule?
-how much milk should I leave for the little one? Is the 1-1.5oz/hour of sepparation rule still applied after the baby starts eating solids? Should he be offered more solids during daytime? He is a very active child, he is starting to walk and he lost his 'chubby' baby appearence lately. How much is too much and how little is too little?
I have a frozen stash of about 100oz, but it is intended mainly for the nights of separation (I don't think my husband will survive otherwise).
-How, how much and when to offer water?
I hope I haven't forgotten anything. Thanks for taking the time to read all this. And thanks for all the support and information that you provided this past year. You ladies are wonderful.
Any ideea of how to deal with the "going back to work, leaving baby" blues is also more than welcomed.