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Well my little boy isn't here yet but I am already getting nervous.....
My ? is, I will only be off of work for 5 weeks after he is born and I am going to breastfeed him while I am home and pump and store that in the freezer for when I go back to work. But I work 8 hour days and will not be able to pump my milk at work. If I pump it in the morning and at night will I be able to keep my milk supply or will I lose it? I heard you had to pump every 3 hours to keep it but I wont be able to do that
Why won't you be able to pump at work? Won't your company accomodate you? I know in CA they have to by law, but I'm not sure about other states.
Your milk is a supply and demand thing. If I were you, I would pump and store between feedings when your milke comes in while on maternity leave, that way you should have a fairly good supply already stored up for the baby- it will also help your breasts be used to the pump you are using. I know that sounds silly, but I waited until 6 weeks post partum and I could hardly pump anything at all (which is no indicator of how much milk you are producing, btw). With my second I started pumping immediately because she was in the NICU, and I was able to store GALLONS of milk! I'm not sure if it's true for everyone, but it certainly was true for my body. As you work, your supply will definately go down some from not pumping for 8 hours straight, but that's no reason to stop. If you have to supplement a feeding a day, then that's what you have to do- and your baby will still be getting the best stuff on earth the rest of the feedings. Breastfeeding is not all or nothing, you can do it anyway you have to. Good luck and Congratulations! I"d love to hear your birth story!!!!
It would help to know what state you arei n. Many states now have provisions that require an employer to allow you pump during your day.
In an 8 hour shift, you are required a lunch, I would suggest taking a sandwich and pumping during your lunch.
You will be miserable until your supply regulates if you can't express some of the milk. Not to mention that at 5 weeks, your supply will likely still be erratic at best. Not pumping for that lenght of time sets you up for plugs, mastitis and possibly supply issues.
BF isn't all or nothing, you will be able to nurse in the morning and atnight for as long as you want. Know this as well, being gone all day, the baby may reverse cycle, which means that he will take in less during the day than normal but hsi intake at night would equal what he's missed during the day. Many working mom's experiece this. Daycare providers don't understand it and have to be educated on it. They tend to freak (having been one that was freaked by a not eating baby) when the baby doesn't intake what a formula fed baby does in the same hours.
The truth is, being away from baby for an 8 hour period even with pumping makes keepying your supply up hard, doing it without pumping at all is going to drastically reduce your supply. If your really commited to breastfeeding, your going to have to make pumping at work, work somehow. Becoming a mom requires lots of change and some sacrifices, but making those changes and sacrifices are very much worth it. Breastfeeding is so important, it could save your baby from potentially deadly illnesses. Good luck with your new life as a mother, Im sure you will find you change your life around immensly, I hope one of those changes included rearanging things so you can breastfeed exclusivly, its soooo important.
Well I would talk to your boss about this now. Maybe you can come into work a half an hour earlier so that you can get a couple breaks. You can still breastfeed and work full time even if you don't pump. But most likely if you don't pump your baby will be getting a lot of formula. Another thing you can try is getting your baby on a reverse schedule where he is doing most of his nursings at night. I did this with my dd. She would go six to eight hours without nursing and just nurse through the night every couple hours. We coslept and this worked out really well for us. I didn't actually decide to reverse cycle she did. She did not like to take a bottle and would not take one while I was at work. She would just wait till I got home. When she did take one she never took more than three oz. And like you I went back to work full time when Angie was five weeks old.
I hope that you can get your work to accomodate with pumping. If you have an office job maybe you can close the door and do paperwork while you pump. This way you don't have to take an actual break. I used to do a lot of paperwork while I pumped so that I didn't have to take an actual break.
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