I don’t LOVE breastfeeding, but I don’t hate it and it is incredibly convenient. I think we are doing okay, I am constantly second guessing myself about if things are working right, but I think that’s normal. Or I hope it’s normal. So, overall, it’s okay and tolerable.
Except when I have to pump. Because I HAVE to pump since I am going back to work. (April 1st…only part time for the month, but still. ick) I do hate that. Especially double pumping. But that is really beside the point right, because it’s a necessity.
So here is where I need some help or reassurance or something.
I try to pump once a day right now, usually in the morning, I get about 2oz from one side/3-4oz if I double pump. That seems okay for now, but I obviously know she is going to need more than 4oz a day!
What I really need to know/understand is how much I need to leave for Aleesia if I am going to be gone for 10 hours a day and how much I should be pumping while at work. I have a masters degree but for some reason, this confuses the hell out of me. Or it just intimidates the hell out of me.
I want to do this for her and I want to make this work for all of us. But I don’t want to be totally stressed about it either, because I know that’s not going to do anybody any good either. I would guess that she will take 4-6 bottles while I am gone just depending on how things work out and what kind of schedule we finally establish once I am back full time.
Things I am worried about: determining a schedule that works for both of us, keeping my supply up (this non dairy/non soy diet is rough!), being able to pump enough at work, not losing my mind
help me out fellow working mamas, what do I need to know/do/understand etc about breastfeeding/pumping and going back to work?