Okay, I'm due back to work on the 1st december - boohoo! I'm so worried how ds will take it being away from me (and me being away from him!!). At the moment I'm trying to bf exclusivly, but I find he still takes a 1oz supplement (formula) during the day. I have no idea how much to put in a bottle for him for each feed. I've read on Kellymom that he could take between 2 and 4oz per feeding - when I tell dh this he says no way it must be more! I will have a total of 1hour to either bf or express my milk each day at work (my lo will be in the crèche at my work), but I'm not sure if the dc prefer for me to come and feed ds or to let them do it As I work in a hospital I know it will probably be difficult for me to get away.
I'm also worried about my supply. I don't know why but I just can't seem to get it up! (hence, why ds is back to supplements) I try to pump, but more often than not I can't get the time to and on the very rare occasion that ds sleeps for 4hrs at night I'm too tired to get up and pump. I've been taking more milk plus for a couple of days, but have yet to see a difference, I eat oatmeal every morning, I drink 2-3 cups of fennel tea a day, I take a fennel supplement 3x a day and I drink on average 2 litres of water a day too! I try to take a nap with ds in the afternoons ,but it's not always possible so the tiredness isn't helping, I know. I'm worried my supply will just eventually disappear once I go back to work and I really do want the bfing to work for at least 6months if not longer.
The other thing worrying me is how he'll do sleeping. Right now it's impossible to get ds off to sleep any other way but in my arms or when I bw him with my wrap or rs. As soon as I try to put him down he wakes and starts to cry. At night we co-sleep which I'm ok with, but I feel dh isn't.
Ladies, I desperately need your help here! I'm getting so down and worried and need some help. I've posted a few of my issues before , but just needed to get it all off my chest. Any advice would be great.
Thanks for reading and so sorry it's such a long post!