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I went back to work on July 4th. I work in the ER. 12 hour shifts and I had planned on pumping while at work. Well, it didn't work out so well and I was working the entire day and not getting a chance to pump. My manager was fine with me taking breaks to pump but it was just not feasible as we have been crazy busy.
I talked with hubby and we decided to just switch to formula.
I thought I would be fine with this but I'm not. I'm actually very upset. I feel like I am putting my job and other people before my child. The one time I did leave to go pump, my one patient took a turn for the worse and I was paged overhead to get to the room. How can I pump in that type of environment?
I love my job but I hate that I had to go back already and that it needs to be full time. I dread the weekend because I work Saturday and Sunday and I'm gone basically the whole weekend as my shifts are 7a-7p.
I feel guilty that I work and that I'm not nursing and it's killing me!
Yesterday work was really bad. We had a one year old baby who we couldn't save. It was horrible and it has affected me more than usual. I mean I am always heart broken by these things but this time, it really got to me and I've been in a funk.
I don't know. I guess I just needed to vent. I was feeling pretty good mentally before going back to work but now...not so much.
I'm sorry mama!! Giant hugs!! what if you b/f him while your home and f/f when your working?? Would that be an option?? That way you could still have your special time with him and not have to worry about pumping at work. Just a thought!!
do not feel guilty because not nursed does NOT equal not loved. My husband works long shifts like yours (5 am to 6 pm) and my kids still know who he is and love him and get so excited when he gets home. He's gone sometimes for months at a time and my kids still know who he is when he gets back. Remember, quality not quantity. Just make the time you do get with your kids the best and then it doesn't matter if you're not always there.
I work the same shifts, and I gave up pumping at work before I even started because I knew it was not going to work out. In the medical field, your breaks dont always mean a break. It usually means long enough to get sat down and get comfy then back at it hitting the floor running.
I switched DS to formula at 3 weeks old and he has been doing wonderfully. He is a happy, beautiful, well fed baby. I know "breast is best", but its not always workable in this day and age where all mommies cannot stay home with their babies, or work a sit down, 9-5 job.
You are a good mommy and that baby will love you no matter what you feed it
Keep your chin up!
I'm so sorry you're sad. I'm in the same boat as you, and having to work and formula feed. I'll still nurse her when I get home from work and on my days off. It was really heart-wrenching in the beginning, but it's starting to get better.
Time away from baby is so painful for us, but I think they have an easier time of it than we do.
I hope you start to feel better soon. Your baby loves you, deeply loves you, regardless of what he eats.