Re: To pump or not to pump
Mama, if you can pump, I would do it. It's not that your plan is totally unfeasible- check out that second link from Andrea on combination feeding/partial weaning!- just that for a lot of moms, continuing to breastfeed is going to be a lot easier if they do some pumping during the day. Pump weaning is something that's less likely to impact your supply if you do it later on in your baby's 1st year. 9 weeks is still so early!
When you're working, could you potentially pump at your desk? If you had a nice big cape or poncho, that is? Like, could you see people coming a ways away and have time to put everything under your desk?
It sounds like one of your challenges is finding someone to cover for you. And I have no doubt that's really challenging, especially if you have to find a different person every day! But what if you could find 1 person who could cover for you at the same time every day?
I don't want my post to come across as "Hey, pumping is easy, just make it happen!" because obviously I'm sitting here behind a computer screen, not in the office with you, experiencing your unique situation.
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