If I express all his feeds, how much will I need to express each day?
Unfortunately I need to return to work when my baby boy is around 5.5 months old. (currently 4 months) I`m a little confused how I am going to feed him is he`s not on solids yet. If I express all his feeds, how much will I need to express each day and if so, when is the best time to express given I`ll still be feeding him before and after work.
Would it be bad if I moved to formula during day care only, and breast feed morning and night???
Sounds like big changes for you all, but I am sure it will all work out just fine.
I have a friend who breastfed both her children by bottle due to work commitments, so you wont be alone. She found it just got easier and easier, especially as they got onto solids.
So you may like to look at starting to collect a stock of feeds now, BM lasts 3 months in the freezer. Then hopefully you can express feeds the day prior. So if you start now before going back to work, you will have a supply of breastmilk that bub can get used to having in a bottle.
Just in my head I was thinking. .. If you are working a full day, you may be able to offer baby a breastfeed in the morning when he wakes. If you are dropping baby off you could offer him a feed a this time. Pack at least two frozen bottles for baby to have while in day care. This might be a bit of a sticking point as baby probably wont go for much longer than 2 hours between feeds at this stage, so you may need to make a decision about a third feed here. Then consider a breastfeed at the centre and then another one or two before bed (one may be a dream feed). It depends on the routine you have now. Once baby is on solids perhaps a week or so after you go back to work (so all the changes don`t hit at once), things will get much easier. It may seem like a bit of work, but it will reduce quite quickly as you will be just weeks of solids.
You might also like to pop into see your CHN about this, they often have some good tips too. On the issue of formula it is a very personal one, of course exclusive feeding until solids is ideal, but life doesn`t always allow this.
Hope one of those works for you, good luck with the return to work.
All the best,
08 Feb 2009