Long time lurker (seriously, you saved my first breastfeeding experience with my son) and first time poster!
Headed back to work in one week after a wonderful 12 week maternity leave.
Right now my daughter is EBF, but did take a bottle of breast milk last week as a trial. As of now, I nurse on cue, she has a good latch (wide mouth, no pain), and have worked through forceful letdown with the help of llli.org forums.
When I returned to work and pumped with my son it didn't go very well and I don't want to repeat history. My previous job was very strenuous, I had frequent overnight calls and I had limited time to pump - I was supplementing with formula by four months and a switch to the night shift did me in and I stopped producing by six months and I felt like a failure . My current job seems more supportive and I will only have three over night calls per month, but I'm still worried.
Ive read about having marathon nursing sessions when I have a day off, but my husband works most weekends and I have a wild 2 1/2 year old that needs my time too.
I'm also concerned that the bottles won't make her "work for it" to mimic breastfeeding and that she'll overfeed and outstrip my ability to keep up. I am very worried about pumping and bottle feeding killing off my supply (to clarify, no supply issues now).
I have Nuk bottles with slow flow nipples (which is what I used with my son), but Ive been reading about Kiindle brand. Any input regarding bottles or any suggestions. I passed the two articles cited often about bottle feeding techniques to support breast feeding along to our caregiver.
I really don't want to have to turn to formula again and I especially don't want to lose the nursing relationship I have with my daughter. Basically, I don't want to repeat what happened with my son.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated