Re: Getting tired
Oh honey, I feel for you. It's so hard being a mother and working, too.
Where is baby sleeping? Are you having to get up and go to another room to feed baby? Maybe you could move baby into the same room as you, or you could sleep in baby's room, just to get more sleep. Have you mastered nursing while lying down? That might give you a few more minutes of snoozing.
Can you call your daycare provider right before you walk out the door of work, to tell her that you're on the way, and please don't feed her before you get there?
If DH is willing to give her a bottle, maybe you should take advantage of this. If it means that you're a much happier, more coherent person the next day, it might be worth it. Maybe just on the rough nights? Missing one feeding may end up making you more full, so you'll still need to get up and feed baby at the next feeding, or get up and pump soon after the bottle. However, you MUST TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, too!
I'm also wondering about postpartum depression. Many mothers find that they experience it more dramatically after they return to work. Take a good, hard look at yourself, and if you feel that it even *might* be a problem, call your doctor. Soon. There's nothing wrong with admitting that you need help. Being a new mother, and working fulltime, can easily overwhelm your mind and body.
Let some of the housework go, order dinner out once in a while, and take care of yourself.
You are doing a great thing for your baby by providing your milk for her while you're apart. Please keep us updated.
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