Re: Thinking of pumping to replace breastfeeds
Just wanted to chime in since it wasn't mentioned -- as a full-time working mom, I have to say pumping gets old really fast! If you think nursing is taking up time, I found that my LO nursed more efficiently as time went on (maybe 5-15 minutes), but pumping still took about 15 minutes to get a good amount, and that amount decreased as time went on. Plus, I could never find a good chair, was hunched over the pump all the time. Then sometimes the pump wouldn't work -- had to buy replacement parts. I was happy to do it, since it was my only option working full-time -- and I kept it up at least once a day until about 20 months. I even liked the breaks at work. But since I'm not sure if you are working or not, and if you haven't been pumping much, just wanted to give you a perspective from someone who pumped quite a bit. I would occasionally pump a bottle for my in-laws if DH was taking LO to see them for a few hours (happy to do it to avoid in-law visit myself and take a nap!). So you can reasonably do things like that -- probably even a bottle or two a day if you really want. But you'll also probably settle into a routine where you'll know when you'll have some breaks for me-time and the like, too!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.