I just signed up tonight and I'm sorry for the cross-post, but I wasn't sure where this should go.
Hello everyone! I apologize that this is long but I need some help and I'm very nervous!!!
I have a beautiful daughter who will be 10 months old this week. I exclusively breastfed her for the first 6 months. At 6 months we started cereal and we've worked our way up to real food (puree's). She gets 3 meals a day (typically a combo of cereal and fruit for breakfast, fruit and a veggie for lunch, and a meat like chicken and rice, a veggie, and a fruit for dinner). Sometimes she'll have a 4th meal if she seems hungry. Currently I nurse on demand and since I've been a stay at home mom, this has not been a problem for me. I used to pump, but I stopped because I no longer had the need (supply was good and I was always with my baby).
The problem: I start a new job tomorrow. I am very nervous because this will be the 1st time away from daughter for such a long period of time!!! My shift is 12 (noon) to 9 pm. I only work about 15 minutes away. I tried to pump some milk today while I nursed her so she could have some tomorrow, but I couldn't get any to come out. (This was my first time trying to pump in a few months) I have a hand pump that works really well (before I had a hospital grade pump that worked wonders!) I tried again later and only got about an ounce. I don't know why I couldn't express the milk, other than the fact that my daughter kept trying to grab the pump (I was nursing on one side and pumping on the other). I could feel the milk and hear her swallowing on the side she nursed on so I know I was making the milk and she was getting it, it just wasn't coming out. I have some Fenugreek that I have taken and I can start back if needed.
I don't think my issue is my supply, but I don't know why I could only pump an ounce. My biggest concern is trying to figure out how to pump at work. I'll get an hour lunch and two 15 minute breaks. Initially I thought I could pump on each of my 15 minute breaks and go home and have lunch and see my daughter (and nurse of course) on my hour break (I live 15 mins or less from my job). I realized tonight that won't work because my lunch break will be during 4-5 o'clock traffic and I'll never make it back to work on time. Any advice? I think if I nurse her a few times at night before bed and a few times in the AM she'll be ok with just one nursing between 12-9. (For example if she nurses 11 am, lunch at 1 or 2, nurse at 4, dinner at 6 or 7, nurse at 9:15) Do you think this is ok? How can I pump at work? If they give me access to a private room to pump, where would I store the milk?
I'm really freaking out...please help me!