Re: Returning to work, need advice
First, the easier question. Plan on pumping at least three times in a work day. For most mothers, they use a morning break, lunch, and an afternoon break. You're so lucky to have an employer that makes it easier on you!
To build up a supply for the first day, try pumping one side while your baby eats on the other. There will still be plenty for your baby, even after you switch to the other side. Your body will have more letdowns, making more milk for baby.
Most mothers find that they need to leave an ounce to an ounce and a half for each hour that they are separated from baby. So, if you'll be away from baby for 9 hrs (including travel time), you'll need to leave 9-14oz for baby. This is just an estimate; some infants will take more or less, especially as they adjust to the new situation. Baby will probably take this in three or four servings during the day. Ask your caregiver to not feed baby in the hour or two before you're expected home, so that baby is hungry when you get home and are full!
Getting sleep after you go back to work...where does baby sleep? does baby sleep in the same room as you? Do whatever you can to make night wakings as un-disruptive as possible. Keep the lights low, have baby close to your bed so you don't have to move as much, learn how to nurse laying down so you can doze while baby nurses.
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