Re: Keep supply??? Returning to work and can't pump
Many mothers can't pump while they are apart from their infants. It's really not that unusual. If you can pump while you are together, maybe pumping one side while he nurses the other. That should give you some extra milk to use while you're apart.
Also, you can still continue to breastfeed while you and baby are together. Breastfeeding doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing thing. Baby can get pumped milk or formula (once your freezer supply is depleted) while you're apart, then nurse when you're together.
As long as baby is still nursing, there will be some milk there for him.
You also need to consider how you're going to deal with engorgement while you're apart, since nothing will be emptying your breasts while you're at work. If you're working a regular, set schedule, your body will eventually adjust to the lowered supply during this time, but in the beginning, you may be feeling uncomfortably full. Maybe you could take a quick break to run to the bathroom and hand-express just enough to relieve the fullness? Maybe bring breast pads to work in case you start leaking?
There's no reason that you'll need to "stop breastfeeding in the near future" unless you want to. :-) That's completely up to you, not up to your pediatrician. You may still need to supplement, but no reason to wean completely.
If you'll post your work schedule, we can help you find ways to keep you and baby happy while you're apart. There are different techniques to use if it's a short shift vs a long day.
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