I'm planning on breastfeeding my baby (due in about two months) and am in the middle of a divorce. I just got word that my husband plans to seek overnight and lengthy visitations from the very beginning, and expects me to pump to accomodate this. I have also heard that the courts agree that breastfeeding should not interfere with a father's right to visitations and am afraid they don't understand it's not that easy to provide enough expressed milk from the onset of birth.
He was not supportive of my breastfeeding our first child and I ended up stopping after only 4months, with pumping beginning at 8days post birth. Even then my supply was low and I never truly had an "abundant" stored amount.
I have tried to explain that it takes time to develop a plentiful supply and even more time to develop enough "stored" milk to accomodate overnight/lengthy visitations. They just don't seem to understand or want to listen to me. I have no intention of keeping the child from her father, but can't find any resources on the length of time it takes to develop adaquete supplies or anything to help them realize that I have no control over how much milk I make and how quickly (or slowly) it comes in.
I feel totally alone in this, but definitely will not give up!
Does anyone have any suggestions??