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March 1st, 2011, 09:54 AM
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i'm 37 weeks pregnant. I am in nursing school and go to school 2 days a week. I won't be able to have any time off from school. I'm in class on wednesdays from 9 am (leave my house at 8 am) until 4pm (back home around 4:45ish) and then on thursdays from 6:45 am (leave my house at like 5:50am) until 4:30pm (get home around 5ish) So, the baby will be kept by my husband on wednesdays and my aunt on thursdays. Hopefully, I will be able to pump a few times during the day while i'm at school. at least I could on lunch break and before i leave for the day but I should be able to get in a couple "breaks" to pump as well. We have a couple "10 minute breaks" on class days and on my clinical days, we don't but I think that my instructor will allow me to slip off and pump as long as I don't abuse the situation.
My final exam is April 27th and then I'll be out all summer. So, if I can just get through a few weeks after the baby is born....
having said that....depending on when the baby is born, i'll likely have less than a week off. What is your opinions on nipple confusion? what should I do about that because the baby has to eat allll day wednesday and thursday without me...and I'll only be able to nurse in the evenings/night/early mornings on those days.
I really want to be able to breastfeed but am very concerned about being away 2 full days from the baby and then him switch feeding methods effortlessly.
Also, when should i start pumping? immediately after birth? It would be my goal to pump enough from the time he was born, to the first day I go back to class to have enough to feed him only breastmilk while I'm away. Then what I pump on wednesday, give to my aunt to feed him on thursday and so on....
I'm more worried/stressed about this than I am about childbirth lol

He will be 5 months old when I go back to school in the fall, and then I'll have to stress about all this all over again.

does this sound doable at all or am I setting myself up for failure???

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March 1st, 2011, 10:07 AM
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Sounds doable, but will take work, and a lot of pumping. You do not have to bottle feed, you can use a syringe, or a spoon, or a small feeding cup. This can prevent nipple confusion. I would try to pump every 2 hours to keep your supply up. Please talk to your instructor and see if this is possible. 3 hours at the longest. Once you go back to school in the fall, you can probably go 3-4 hours between pumpings and bottle feeding should be no issue once the latch is properly established. If you do end up supplementing at all, if you do not pump to make up for the missed feeding, your body will not make enough milk, it is supply and demand, which is why it is so important to pump so frequently in those early days. There is a great pumping mommies forum here at JM that can help you as well. Best of luck and do not ever hesitate to post here with any questions or concerns you may have.

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