schedule my time for pumping/returning to work

by sanah
(mauritius)

How should I schedule my time as I will be resuming work in one week.. I wish to continue breast feed my baby.?


I won't be able to pump at work.. Neither during breaks as there is no proper place to do so.. Am planning to pump when I return from work.. But will that be enough for the baby during the day..?? am soo confused.. How should I proceed.. Any ideas and advises would be great, its URGENT
Thanks

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May 20, 2012
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working and breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Hi

Have you introduced a bottle to baby yet, if not...this would be a good time to start.

Also how old is your baby?

The only thing you can do, is store as much milk during those times that you can pump. During this week, you should pump extra so that you can store milk for baby.

Some babies will refuse a bottle while mom is at work, this is okay, that is if your baby starts breastfeeding more in the evenings when you come home. Some babies will take in more calories in the evenings to compensate.

If you see that you do not have enough milk (because your supply might go down), you will need to start supplementing with formula or find out about donor breast milk.

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wont be able to pump at work

by sanah
(mauritius)

How should i schedule my time as i will be resuming work in one week.. i wish to continue breast feed my baby.?

I wont be able to pump at work.. neither during breaks as there is no proper place to do so.. am planning to pump when i return from work.. but will that be enough for baby during the day..?? am soo confused.. how should i proceed.. any ideas and advises would be great,, its URGENT
thanks

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May 05, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Well, for one, in order to keep your milk supply up, you must pump every 2-3 hrs.

And by law, your job must allow you time to pump anyways. So that shouldn't be an issue.

If you still plan on exclusively breastfeeding, you will need the milk supply of pumping at least 15 oz within an 8 hr work frame.

You need your work know the LAW. If it's a small job thats less than 50 employees, I think they're exempt from this, but either way, find a way!

Like pumping in your car on breaks or lunch and storing in their fridge! That's what I would do.

I am also returning to work in a week and have done plenty of research.

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you don't understand!!!!
by: fanny

I am sick and tired of office workers telling other working moms that "the law" will protect you. The business might have to comply with the law, but some times the nature of the job won't let you pump at work. So answer the question, how long can she go without pumping if she can't at her job.

I find myself in a similar situation, and have not yet been able to find an appropriate response to this. Only "they have to". Which is no kind response.

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baby wont take bottle while mom is at work

by Nana

Thank you for this wonderful website. I am watching our 4 month old granddaughter at our house while her mother (our daughter)returns to her teaching job.

Last week was the first week apart for them. When I tried giving her a bottle of her mother's milk (medela bottle & pump brand) she put it in her mouth then cried and turned her head. During the summer she did successfully take a bottle 3 or 4 times.

We continued to try each day. After a few days, I bought a playtex drop in bottle using the 3-6 mo. nipple. Still no luck. She normally nurses 7am,10am,1pm, and 4pm, etc..

For a week she has not eaten for the 10am and 1pm feedings. Should we continue trying? Or should we introduce a baby cup?

Should we try feeding her formula with one of the above bottles? My daughter has worked hard pumping and storing her breast milk and wants to continue if possible. Thank you for your time and recommendations.

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Sep 04, 2011
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Some nipple confusion
by: Tracy

Hi Nana ;-)

I just have a question...does your daughter breastfeed baby when she gets home in the evenings? Many babies will reverse cycle when mom goes back to work. This means that baby will get most of her calories during the evening when mom breastfeeds her. This is completely normal.

Read more about reverse cycling here.

If your daughter is not breastfeeding her baby in the evenings, you will just have to keep giving her the bottle until she becomes accustomed to it...dont worry if she skips a few feeds in the beginning. Alternatively you can use other ways of feeding her like cup feeding...

Read more on alternative feeding methods
Read more about cup feeding
Nipple confusion



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Baby in intensive care and have to go back to work

by Janice
(London)

I wanted to breastfeed but my baby is 3 days old and in intensive care n will need to stay in hospital fir another 2 weeks I will already be back at work by then.any tips on how to breasted as no milk has come in yet

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Oct 22, 2012
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by: Tracy

Hi Janice

If you had a C-section, it is important to know that your milk might only come in by day 5.

You can pump your milk, until baby has more access to you, but try to breastfeed as much as possible to stimulate milk production.

The best type of pump to use, if you are going to be pumping exclusively for a while is an electric, double action, hospital grade one. You can usually hire them from a hospital at low cost.

You should think of getting hold of a lactation consultant in your area, so that she can help you work through the next two weeks and longer until you and your baby have established breastfeeding well.

Let the doctors and nurses know about your plans to breastfeed baby, so that they do not supplement with formula. A little colostrum is all your baby needs for the first few days, until your milk "comes in"

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hand expressing and bottle feeding
by: Zoe Burton

Start hand expressing, the milk will start to come in, it will be drop by drop to start n you will need to use a syringe to catch it, but in 3 days it will start to flow more.. Maybe consider bottle feeding the express milk that's what I did as my baby was not able to latch as she was small and we were apart the first 3 days as I was in HDU.

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back at work

by happy
(zimbabwe harare)

if one is breast feeding and giving formuar ,is the baby safe from disease.


I am a young mother,aged 23, just had a bouncing baby girl, now i am back to work and lm giving her formular whilst lm at work. she is no-longer pooing every day and her poo is very bad in smell plus its dark in colour. is it normal?

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Jul 18, 2013
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breast milk
by: Anonymous

Hi Happy

How old is your baby?

Any amount of breast milk is beneficial to baby, but the more you can give, the better protection baby will have against illness and such.

Have you thought of expressing your milk for baby while at work so that baby can drink more breast milk while you are away?

The formula does constipate some babies, the more breast milk you can give baby the better, since breast milk is like a natural laxative.

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issues with my chain of command and pumping at work

by PFC glassburner
(JBLM WA)

OK so I'm active duty in the army and a correctional officer for the army.

I'm just a pfc so I don't carry much authority. I told my nco before I had my son that I will be breast feeding so I need a place to pump at when I get off of leave.

I was told that I would have to pump in my car and that they are not sure they can accommodate giving me so many breaks to pump as they have to send a replacement guard while I'm gone.

How do I talk to him to get him to understand that my car is vary public as min prisoners do yard work near the parking lot, and that if I don't pump every 2 hours for 20 minutes my supply will drop. can anyone help???

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