hurdles to returning to work
Okay all...need your expertise once again. I just found out I will be returning to work in 2 weeks, for 3 days a week. I have decided to continue BF my 5 1/2mo BG until the year mark (or beyond) but I have a few issues surrounding my return to work.
Issue #1 Baby won't take BM from cup or bottle
My 5 1/2 month old eats pureed fruits and veggies like a champ but she will not take BM from anything but the breast. I just found out yesterday (by putting a tiny bit of diluted juice in her sippy) that she can drink from a cup if she wants to, but she still just spits water or BM out.
Issue #2 Getting baby to sleep without BF
I will be working 2 of the 3 nights a week once I go back to work so I won't be the one to put her to sleep. Up until now, our bedtime routine is bath, play, BF to sleep and I am always the one to do it. I am afraid that without me home to BF her to sleep, dad and baby will have a REALLY hard time of it. Any suggestions on how to start a transition into a bed time routine that doesn't involve BF to sleep???
Some random questions:
Will it confuse my BG if I BF her some times but not others? (I will work 3 shifts a week but they will vary, nights and days...will BFing her when I'm there, and bottle when I'm not be too wishy-washy for her?)
What can I do to get out of the trap of BFing her to sleep? Ideally, I'd like to be able to feed her, then perhaps read her a book or cuddle for a few...THEN place her in her crib so she can put herself to sleep. Is this a dream? Can it really happen without CIO?
If baby eats every 2 hrs, when I am at work do I need to pump as often or can I pump every 3 and keep my supply?
Should I bother to teach a bottle at all or should I go right for the cup?
Thanks in advance for your help! I'm feeling a lot of anxiety about returning to work because of the 2 main issues mentioned above...
20 hours of hypnobirthing and I LOVED every second of it!