I'm heading back to work in the new year & I'm nervous about how to weave nursing into that schedule.
I'm a psychologist & I'm lucky enough to work from home and to set my own schedule. I see clients in one hour blocks & I see about 3-4 clients a day. In Jan I'm planning on only seeing 2 clients a day, one in the morning (usually around 10am) and one in the later afternoon (usually around 4 or 5).
I'm hoping to organize nursing so that I don't have to pump. My husband or mom will be watching baby while I'm with a client, so she'll be in the house out of ear shot.
Thus far we've been feeding on cue & there's no real rhyme or reason to the schedule, except that she usually does cluster feed in the late afternoon to bedtime.
Most of the "going back to work" advice is for a different kind of work situation. I'm not quite sure how this will look for us on January and beyond...and it's a little more complicated because, of course, it's a moving target.
I need to start scheduling clients ASAP, but I'm not sure how best to do that, particularly when I'm seeing two clients in the afternoon.
Has anybody had a similar situation that they can share some advice? Or does anybody know of resources for helping me anticipate how this might go?
How do I convince baby to nurse for the hour right before a client comes or between clients?
Do I leave husband or mom with a pumped bottle just in case?
How do I not lose my mind juggling the necessary focus of my work with the demands of a nursing-whenever-she's-hungry infant?
Next week she'll be 7 weeks old...how might things be a bit different by February at 11 weeks? (I know everybody's different...)
As a side note: it's such an injustice that some people only get 6 weeks (or zero weeks if you're not on contract) of maternity leave. I can not even fathom having to go back to work full time right now. My heart really goes out to those moms. And if they can continue to EBF then they're super-heroes as far as I'm concerned.