Thinking ahead (feeding while away)
I am expecting my second child in July. I have a son who is 2 yr. 8 m. We have had a wonderful breastfeeding relationship, and he nurses now only to sleep. When he was an infant, I was taking a full course load as a grad student and working 20 hours per week as a research assistant. I pumped at work and in the evening, but I simply could not produce enough milk to leave with him. When I was away, he got the expressed milk plus formula. When I was home, he always got the breast. This system worked pretty well (no nipple confusion), but I still regret having to use the formula.
With Baby #2, I will only need to be away for about 2 hours, 3 days per week. (I teach one university class.) I think with better dedication to pumping and perhaps better hydration (I know I was bad about that!) I will be able to pump enough milk for the brief periods that I will be away. I would prefer not to use bottles at all, but I'm confused about cup feeding. I've done some reading online, but I can't figure out what "cup" I would be using. I saw Medela's contraption (SoftCup feeder) , but do I really need something so complicated? Has anyone done cup feeding?
And while I'm at it...anyone really successful at pumping? My sister-in-law was amazing at it (exclusively pumped for two sons), but I would like other input as well. With my first son, I wasn't very committed to pumping while at home because I already hated being away from him all day. I never wanted to take more time away to hanging out with "the machine."
Okay...thanks for any help you can offer.
Fletcher...August 20, 2005
Welcoming #2 in July 2008
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