I just went back to work last week, when my daughter turned 5 months old. I will mostly be working at home, but will go into the office for 3 hours a day 3 times a week. I have a massive supply of milk in my freezer (I was an exclusive pumper for 2 months while my 33 week preemie adjusted to life and then was a habitual, but unnecessary pumper) so my husband has been using that milk while I have been gone so far. I also have a serious supply and have never had a problem with a decrease, even on particularly slow nursing days - in fact I have struggled with OAL/oversupply. Wondering if there is a question? I would like to know if it is necessary for me to pump while I am gone. My office has been extremely flexible with me from the beginning. I started the job pregnant, got really sick and missed a lot of time, then left suddenly 2 months early because the baby was early. I then took 2 months longer than I said I would and had them switch their policy to allow me to work from home. How can I now demand a break to pump when I am only there for 3 hours (and did I mention that I am only contract – don’t really want to push it, this is a really great gig)? Not to mention that my options of places to pump are slim since all offices and conference rooms have glass doors and windows. The time that it would take me to set up, pump and clean up would be a huge chunk of the time I’m there.
The other thing is that my daughter has taken to refusing the bottle, and only occasionally eating while I am gone, most of which ends up being a game and not nutrition anyway. I'm wondering if I don't pump and she does not always eat while I am gone if I will have any issues? Do I really need to pump when she eats without me?
Thanks to all who took the time to read this long and jumbled post! Can you tell I'm paranoid about being a good mom and still finding a way to work?!?