I'm looking for any suggestions anyone might have. I have to return to work next week after 12 wonderful weeks home with my darling son. We have had to really work at breastfeeding. He spent his first 4 days on a feeding tube getting formula, then was bottle fed a combination of breastmilk and formula. After a month, I decided to see if he would take the breast since we had so many issues with latching in the hospital and he did! We've been exclusively breastfeeding since around 5 weeks old with an occasional bottle of breast milk. I have been able to freeze about 100 ounces of breastmilk.
I return to work next week and work 14 hour shifts. I will be away from my LO from 7am until 11 am. I plan on feeding him myself before i leave him and then pumping on the way to and from work and several times during the work day. I am starting to get really nervous about being able to pump enough milk and being able to take enough breaks. I fall into the exempt category of the breastfeeding laws and am not guaranteed breaks. I know I need to take at least 4 breaks during my shift but I am worried this may not be possible. There have been days in the past where I haven't even had time to eat. I will be gone from my LO two to three days a week and plan on letting him only have bottles when I am physically away from him. I feel like we have worked so hard on breastfeeding and I really don't want to have to supplement with formula.
So I guess this boils down to if anyone has any suggestions for working moms that don't work 9-5 jobs and are away from their babies alllllll day. I'm getting so stressed about going back to work and just need some support. My husband doesn't see the big deal about using formula but I hate the idea of having to use it. Thanks!