Back to work, drop pumps?

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Back to work, drop pumps?
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Sun, 04-13-2003 - 7:02pm
Hi all,

Tomorrow I return to work after 7 great weeks at home. First, if you all have any suggestions on how to handle this, please let me know, because I tear up just thinking about it. I love my job, but leaving DS at the daycare will be very difficult.

I have a question about dropping pumps. Is it too early for me to cut back? I've been pumping 7 times a day, for about 38 ounces. I have noticed that I seem to be pumping a bit more over time, sometimes getting over 40 ounces lately. Seems like I'm still incleasing the amount of milk I make, so perhaps cutting back now isn't a good idea. But, I though I'd ask anyway. I'd love to drop that mid-night pump now that I'm loosing my nap time! Also, for those who have dropped that mid-night pump, is your early morning pump making up for the missed pump at night? I pump about 7 ounces at 1:30AM and 7 ounces at 6:00AM. Does that mean I'd be pumping 14 ounces at 6 if I dropped that nightly pump? That seems silly, I don't know if my breasts can hold 14 ounces!!! But, for those of you who pump over 5 ounces from a breast during a pumping session, do you switch out bottles when one gets full or have you found larger bottles?

Thanks for reading. This board has been such a great help already. Since joining you, I've gotten rid of plugged ducts, increased my milk supply, and have felt 100% better! I hope you all have a great week!

Carole and Elijah (7 wks)

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Sun, 04-13-2003 - 8:44pm
Woops, I posted this in the wrong place...sorry!

Carole
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Mon, 04-14-2003 - 12:14am
Carole, if your body will let you go all night without pumping, you may discover that it's worth it to get the extra sleep, even if you do lose a couple of ounces. I think you'll find that your a.m. yield is substantially larger once you drop the night pump. You'll probably wake up feeling like you're ready to burst, but you'll be surprised at how much your breasts can hold! I think I had a personal record of 15 oz., but I've seen others who regularly pump way more than that.

Once I pumped more than 5 oz. on one side, I started pumping into Evenflo bottles, which will hold 9 oz. or so. I would just pump into whatever bottles you use to feed. (There's an adapter available if you use Avent bottles.)

Sorry, but no advice on going back to work. I burst into tears two days before I went back, while folding ds' clothes. I guess I got it out of my system though, because on the big day, I walked out the door without a problem. Good luck tomorrow, and let us know how it went!

Susan and Connor (15 months)

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Mon, 04-14-2003 - 5:39am
I forgot to click Post so I lost my reply - ugh! I'll try again!

I agree with Susan; you'll probably be OK skipping the night pump if your body will let you. Your supply will be larger on your first pump (I loved the Avent adapters, but I also had larger cheapo bottles that fitted the horns), so you might have to pump a little longer to empty your breasts. Make sure that you do empty your breasts or you will be very uncomfortable at work until you can pump again.

As to daycare: it's tough! But it's definitely worth hanging in there. My dd (now almost 2) has a great time there. She has little friends that she has known almost all her life; they do little craft projects each week and they have larger toys that we just don't have the space for. I hated the first few months, but now I can really see the social skills that she has developed. Also, she has confidence that she can have fun without a parent and in a different environment than the home. It will get easier! (like everything else!)

I'm glad this board has helped you so much, it really helped me too!

HTH

Ailsa & Hannah

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Tue, 04-15-2003 - 6:33am
Hi, thank you so much for your support yesterday (and every day)! E's first day at "school" went really well. He ate like a little piggy and the ladies commented on how well he took to the bottle (assuming, since I gave them breast milk, that I had been nursing all this time). I did fairly well. When we dropped him off the ladies kept comenting on how hard it is for the moms and " you'll be ok", etc. If not for that I think I could have kept it together, but they just kept going and going until finally I teared up and had to leave. They meant well, I'm sure. I felt much better when I got to work and got into the swing of things.

I think I'm going to try keeping that mid-night pump and see how sleep deprived I feel at work. I want to freeze as much as possible to get ahead so I'll be able to wean faster (I'm going for a year...long ways off). Maybe when E starts sleeping through the night, I"ll let myself do the same!

Thanks again!

Carole and Elijah (almost 2 months)