I am new to this forum (but not to message boards in general). I recently found out that I am again pregnant (hurrah!). I have an 8.5 year old and a 14 month old. Long story short, breastfeeding was no picnic with either of them. My older son has severe developmental delays and a neurological condition that I found out when he was older may have impeded our ability to breastfeed. (Makes sense now!) My younger son had severe jaundice and was hospitalized twice in the first 3 weeks of his life. The doctors diagnosed him with breastmilk jaundice and I had to give formula. VERY DIFFICULT!
The #1 thing I am looking forward to (again) with this pregnancy is breastfeeding. I LOVE IT! I am so happy that I will be able to give it another shot with this baby.
So here is why I am posting to this board. I am not due till late February, but am assuming I will deliver a few weeks early (due to prior experiences). I am a teacher and will get 6-8 weeks max off with the baby. So I am going to have to return to school probably in early/mid April. That gives me 6 weeks of working before summer break. I want to be able to provide my milk to my baby at for 6 full months (this will be WAY more than I could do for my first two sons!).
I teach elementary school, so here is what my plan is:
1) nurse baby when he/she wakes in the morning
2) nurse baby at babysitter's before I leave (around 7:30 AM)
3) come home at lunch (home by noon) to nurse
4) be home from work by 4:00 to nurse
5) nurse on demand till bedtime and during night
The way I see it, at 6-8 weeks of age my baby will probably need two bottles per day (between 7:30 and noon, and again between noon and 4). Does this sound right?
If the lunchtime nursing doesn't work out, or if I can't get home (I do have one day a week of recess duty that I may not be able to get out of), I will be renting a Lactina pump (did this with my second son when I EPed for awhile).
The reason I'm posting about this so early is I want to prepare myself as much as possible. I was never a high-supplier with my two boys, and I SO want to make this work this time!
Marcie in Ohio