I'm going back to work soon and had a few questions:
Currently, I'm breastfeeding my newborn on average about 7-8 times a day (12am, 3am, 6-7ish am, 9-10am, 12pm, 2-3pm, 5pm, 7-8pm). Since I work a retail job where I have to work a 10 hour shift, I would only be able to breastfeed him 4 times when I'm back from work (12am, 3am, 6am, 8pm).
My questions are:
(1) Does the feeding schedule below sound feasible? I'm not sure how much I should tell my caregiver to give since I've been directly breastfeeding my baby during my maternity leave. During my last 2 month pediatrician visit, my child was 11.5 lbs (gaining weight appropriately).
9:30am (4oz formula),
12pm (3.5oz breastmilk bottle),
2:30pm (3.5oz breast milk bottle),
5:30pm (4oz formula) and
(2) Also, since I'm working a retail job I'll realistically only be able to pump once or twice during my 10 hour shift. I'm thinking pump at 8:30am (before my 9am shift), then 11:30am and hopefully a second time at 3pm depending on how busy the day is. I haven't created a huge freezer supply of breastmilk yet (I currently only have about 25 oz in the fridge). Initially, I was hoping to try and continue to create more of a freezer stash in the coming two weeks before I go back to work but upon speaking to one of my other breastfeeding coworker she told me that I should start decrease my supply now or else I'll be in lots of pain when I go back to work and possibly get an infection. So I'm confused as to whether I should continue to do an extra pump session to build up extra breast milk freezer stash or I should start giving formula now so I won't be crazy engorge (possibly risk mastitis) when I go back to work.
Forgot to mention my child has taken formula in the past, so he's find with formula and can take to any bottles/nipple so I'm not concern about making sure he'll take breastmilk and/or formula from a bottle.
Any input would be appreciated or if you can refer me to a place where I can have my concern address.
Thank you so much!