Re: Juggling work and breastfeeding
So for me, co-sleeping was not the answer. I know for a lot of people, it works great, but my DS, and by extension, my DH and I, we all sleep better if DS is in his crib about ten feet away from us. We're all pretty light sleepers, and DS was becoming more and more active, so it was hard. I love snuggling with him, and do so a ton, but for us the answer was putting my DS in a crib. Just another perspective. My schedule is this:
Originally Posted by @llli*mamulinka2
4:45-5:00: wake up, shower. If DS wakes, nurse, otherwise leave him sleeping
5:15: leave for work.
6:00: start work; if I didn't nurse before I left, I pump. I also pump if I know I'm going to have a super busy day
9:00-11:00: pump again
1:00-2:00: pump again
5:00: pump again
6-6:30: leave work
6:30-7: home, offer to nurse, though he sometimes is uninterested
8:00: DS goes to sleep; by this time, he often has nursed 2-3X since I've been home, and always nurses to sleep
11 PM: nurse
3 AM: nurse
And the day starts again. I'm lucky in that I'm not limited in production by supply issues, rather by my availability to pump. My days are long and unpredictable, and this is my best case scenario for pumping; sometimes I only pump twice.
It is hard work, and I won't miss pumping when I'm done. DS is seven months, and I'm starting to think about when I'll stop pumping, if not BFing. I'd rather avoid formula, since we've gotten so far EBF, but we'll see. Sometimes I wonder how long I can keep up this pace, but then he smiles up at me as he nurses, and I figure I can do anything that leads to that smile.
DS Ethan 12/16/2008
Breast fed/pumped 11 months as a surgical resident, 80 hours a week at work
DS Abram Daniel 12/20/2012
Feel like we've gotten a strong start