Going back to work question

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Registered: 11-27-2007
Going back to work question
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Thu, 03-05-2009 - 10:48am

This is my first post to the board but I have appreciated all of the info (and encouragement) from reading many of the replies from you expert ladies...thanks!

Our baby girl Lenora is 8 months old and has been nursing great since day one. My husband and I thought I would be able to stay home with her but it looks like I may have to return to work when my mat leave is over in June. I can't complain though since I only work two days a week so the majority of the time I will be with the baby. I would like to continue nursing well into her second year if possible. So, my questions are: what do I do on the days I would work? do I just nurse in the morning before I leave (7:15 am) and nurse when I come home (6:00 pm) and in the evening or, would I have to pump during the day at work to keep my supply up? Since all of the other days of the week I would be home and nursing as normal, would not nursing during the day two days a week affect my supply that much?

thanks!
anne

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 03-05-2009 - 11:08am

Hi Anne, I'm not worried so much that the 2 days a week would impact supply, but I am a little concerned that maybe it'd increase risk of plugged ducts (at least at first).

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Registered: 11-27-2007
Thu, 03-05-2009 - 12:54pm
Thanks for the reply Paula. I guess I will have to look in to purchasing a pump. I was mostly concerned about my supply but a blocked milk duct would not be a good thing. Also, I really never thought about what she will be getting during the day when I am at work. I did try expressing milk and giving her a bottle when she was a few months old but she wouldn't have anything to do with a bottle (she won't have anything to do with a pacifier either). I guess she could have breast milk from a cup? or momsicles? I don't want to invest a ton of money in a breast pump. Would a manual type pump work and if so, do you have any suggestions?
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Registered: 05-03-2004
Thu, 03-05-2009 - 2:03pm

Depending on the time you have to pump, a manual pump "might" work for you.


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