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August 24th, 2012, 09:43 AM
Super Mommy
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Hi everyone!

DH and I are hoping to have a baby in the next year or so, and I really want to feed exclusively breastmilk but I have some concerns about my work schedule. The way it works is I'll work 3 12 hour shifts a week, working 3 day shifts for 3 months, followed by 2 day shifts and 1 night shift for 3 months, followed by 3 night shifts for 3 months and then it all starts over. Complicated enough? LOL Oh, and I'll hopefully be teaching one day a week with another institution as well, just to make things even more fun.

Will my body be able to adjust to all these changes and provide supply when I'm awake to pump? Or will I have to wake up in the middle of my "night" whenever that is, to pump? Should I just start researching formulas now?

Finding a new job situation would be ideal, I know. But in my area I'm pretty lucky to have the opportunities I do with this job. I'm really hoping that the one day a week teaching will lead to teaching online full-time, so I could be a WAHM which is my ultimate goal. But to get there I need to stick with this for now. And unfortunately I'm old enough that I really don't feel comfortable waiting to get pregnant for much longer.

Any advice would be appeciated!

Mary Elizabeth stillborn at 26 weeks
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August 24th, 2012, 03:59 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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yes your body will adjust to your schedule I pumped at work for a long time and it was fine. I had to pump on my days off to fill some of the gaps, but it is doable good luck TTC!

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August 25th, 2012, 08:37 PM
Blue-Jay's Avatar Jenny
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Your body will adjust, but I would advise getting up in the middle of your sleep, either to pump or to actually breastfeed your baby, especially in the first few months. Are you going to exclusively pump, or will you bf when you are with your LO?

I wish you all the luck ttc.

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August 27th, 2012, 02:46 PM
Super Mommy
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Thanks! What a relief to hear that my body will most likely adjust!

I'm not sure if I will exclusively pump or not. I can't think of a reason not to bf when I'm home other than maybe giving DH more bonding/feeding time with baby. But I think with our work schedules he will probably get plenty of that anyway. It's all so theoretical right now I can't say I know what I'll do when the time comes.

Mary Elizabeth stillborn at 26 weeks
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