Feeding method and working status

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Feeding method and working status
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 10:06am

Do you think your choice of feeding method influenced your choice to SAH, WOH, or WAH?

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Registered: 01-23-2006
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 6:17pm

For my first 3 babies, my feeding status did not influence my working decisions; i was committed to breastfeeding and also working full time, so i pumped and was able to balance both. With my 4th baby, now 8 months old, i expected to be successful working and breastfeeding, but she had other plans! She refused to take a bottle, i tried everything, every possible nipple, sippy cups, droppers, etc and still she refused to eat from anything but the breast. I went thru 3 sitters because she would scream and cry all day long, even though i was coming home on my lunch break to nurse her, and nursed her all night long.

Ultimately my breastfeeding relationship with her influenced my decision to quit my job when she was about 6.5 months old. I was crying while i pumped at work each day, knowing that my DD would most likely refuse to take what i pumped, and that she just wanted to nurse. I felt it was more important for her that I be available to her, and since i have quit work, she has became a competely different baby. I have accepted that i will be home with her until she weans, which is fine with me (and this comes from a self proclaimed workaholic!)

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 7:08pm



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Registered: 09-27-2010
Thu, 11-11-2010 - 2:21am

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 11-11-2010 - 7:40am

No, I always planned to BF, and nothing would change that idea.

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Registered: 10-22-2009
Thu, 11-11-2010 - 8:26am


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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 11-11-2010 - 5:19pm
"Mostly unrelated for me. I always planned to WOH and to BF and pump as needed. Having now been back at work as a FFer, though, the thought of extending my already-ridiculously-long workday with pumping sessions is hard to imagine; I already barely get home in time to see DD many days before she falls asleep, which I hate. I'm undecided on whether I'll W&P next time around if my work situation is unchanged.

Not WOH is not something I see as an option given my unchangeable expenses (principally law school and college loans). ."

Just curious, what kind of work do you do? When I W&Ped I didn't feel as though I needed to extend my day. I always brought work to the pumping room with me and really didn't feel like I lost any productivity. I got really good at holding both horns on with my left hand and using my right hand to mark up documents, rewrite my to do list, etc. etc.
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Sat, 11-13-2010 - 4:58pm


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Registered: 04-03-2003
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 9:37pm

For me, they were unrelated decisions.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 10:24pm

I suppose it was unrelated for me, too.

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Tue, 11-16-2010 - 10:12am