I am headed back to work in two weeks and i am a night shift RN (L&D) who works 3 -12 hour night shifts a week. So i have several questions.
DS is 10 weeks old and is still eating every 2 hours or so during the day. I plan on feeding him before leaving for work and then when i get home in the mornings and possible waking up in the middle of the day to feed him around lunch time and then again before returning to work. Does that sound like enough? Luckily I will only have to work two nights back to back so i should be ok. I will exclusively breastfeed when I am off.
My question is how to I prevent over feeding? My husband and mother in law will be watching him while i'm gone and/or sleeping. Give him small frequent bottles of 2-3 oz every couple of hours versus bigger bottles every 3?
Pumping shouldn't be a problem at work as there are a bunch of us lactating L&D nurses so they are used to it Although I am worried about my supply as I have lots of milk in the freezer that is "not good" anymore because of a suspected protein allergy so I am now dairy / soy free and starting to slowly build up my reserve again (I usually get 1 oz after a feeding and pump 2-3 times a day) sometimes I get less though, so frustrating!
He comfort nurses a lot still too as he has tummy issues (GAS) I'm worried about his comfort when I am not there as he won't even take a pacifier. sigh.
Any suggestions from other night shift moms?