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Any suggestions for back to work?

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:51 PM
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I'm due Oct 7 with baby #2. I nursed DS without formula for 8 months, then started supplementing and by the time he was 10 months, he was totally on formula and table food. I was working retail, so I didn't have a steady pumping schedule. I pumped when I had a window pretty much. Sometimes I would go 4-5 hours without pumping :-( After a while, I totally stopped responding to the pump. I was able to hand express for a while after that, but that didn't last long...We were also using bottles that had a fast flow even with newborn nipples on them.

I hated switching him to formula and want to avoid that at all costs with this baby. I'd like to get some ideas on how I can do that. Here's what I have so far:

1. I'm with the same company, but in a different store that's not nearly as insane as the one I was in with DS, so that should make it easier for me to get a pumping schedule going, or at least make it so I can pump every two hours while I'm there. 

2. I plan to buy a good heavy duty pump (still deciding between the Medela Freestyle or the Pump in Style...any suggestions). I had a hospital grade Medela from WIC, but we no longer qualify, so I have to buy my own.

3. After the baby's born, I'll pump as much as I can during my maternity leave, so I have a sufficient stash.

4. I will be buying Mother's Milk Tea and eating milk making cookies even though I hate oatmeal. Lol.

5. I plan to buy the breastflow bottles to keep the bottle feeding as close to nursing as possible. 

So, is there anything else you guys can think of that I need to do?

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Mommavieve
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 11:53 PM

I know it's a little early, but my brother was a Boy Scout.

tabi_cat1023
by Group Admin -Tabitha on Mar. 29, 2011 at 12:12 AM


Quoting Mommavieve:

I'm due Oct 7 with baby #2. I nursed DS without formula for 8 months, then started supplementing and by the time he was 10 months, he was totally on formula and table food. I was working retail, so I didn't have a steady pumping schedule. I pumped when I had a window pretty much. Sometimes I would go 4-5 hours without pumping :-( After a while, I totally stopped responding to the pump. I was able to hand express for a while after that, but that didn't last long...We were also using bottles that had a fast flow even with newborn nipples on them.

I hated switching him to formula and want to avoid that at all costs with this baby. I'd like to get some ideas on how I can do that. Here's what I have so far:

1. I'm with the same company, but in a different store that's not nearly as insane as the one I was in with DS, so that should make it easier for me to get a pumping schedule going, or at least make it so I can pump every two hours while I'm there. by law they now have to give you a place and time to pump other than the bathroom, it doesn't need to be paid time but they HAVE to give yo time per obamas health care reform

2. I plan to buy a good heavy duty pump (still deciding between the Medela Freestyle or the Pump in Style...any suggestions). I had a hospital grade Medela from WIC, but we no longer qualify, so I have to buy my own.love love love my freestyle!!

3. After the baby's born, I'll pump as much as I can during my maternity leave, so I have a sufficient stash.BUT if you use stash instead of the milk you pumped the day before its a big supply killer, think whatever milk your remove THAT day you can give the same number of oz to the baby, if you only remove 4 oz and he taks 8 oz then your body thinks the next day to make 4oz less...and it gets worse and worse.  Pump once a morning every day from the day your LO is born to get your body used to the pump, even on days off do this, once you get back to work your body will know what pumping is about and you will be have some back up JUST in case

4. I will be buying Mother's Milk Tea and eating milk making cookies even though I hate oatmeal. Lol.don't take anything to raise supply til you HAVE to because your body will get used to it

5. I plan to buy the breastflow bottles to keep the bottle feeding as close to nursing as possible. whatever baby will take any bottles are fine just slow flow and never over 3 oz bottles no matter the age..I use tommee tippee

So, is there anything else you guys can think of that I need to do?


Mommavieve
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Thanks! I should have clarified in my OP.

The stash milk will only be for emergencies and in case I have issues with responding to the pump later in the year. We have a deep freezer that we'll store it in so it doesn't go bad. If anything, I'll donate it before it gets too bad.

My work is very supportive of pumping at work. The only problem is, it's possible for me to get stuck with a customer for a few hours when I was expecting it to take 15. There are also times we tend to get busy and I forget to go back and pump. This time, I'll have alarms set on my phone to remind me. Now I just need to figure out what I'll do when I get stuck with a customer for too long

I'm only getting the MMT and cookies as a "just in case" as well. We don't have any places here that sell it, so I'd have to order it online. I want to have it on hand if I need it.

As for the bottles, I'd rather be safe. As long as the baby takes it, I'll be happy.

Quoting tabi_cat1023:

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Mommavieve
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 3:31 AM
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gdiamante
by Gina on Mar. 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM


Quoting Mommavieve:

1. I'm with the same company, but in a different store that's not nearly as insane as the one I was in with DS, so that should make it easier for me to get a pumping schedule going, or at least make it so I can pump every two hours while I'm there. 

Excellent.

2. I plan to buy a good heavy duty pump (still deciding between the Medela Freestyle or the Pump in Style...any suggestions). I had a hospital grade Medela from WIC, but we no longer qualify, so I have to buy my own.

EITHER.

3. After the baby's born, I'll pump as much as I can during my maternity leave, so I have a sufficient stash.

Excellent.

4. I will be buying Mother's Milk Tea and eating milk making cookies even though I hate oatmeal. Lol.

Excellent.

5. I plan to buy the breastflow bottles to keep the bottle feeding as close to nursing as possible. 

Excellent.

So, is there anything else you guys can think of that I need to do?

Nope. Not one thing. In fact, I'd like to make your post a model of What To Do To Go Back To Work. You couldn't be more perfect if you tried.

Mommavieve
by on Mar. 29, 2011 at 5:06 PM
Thanks! And by all means...

Quoting gdiamante:


Quoting Mommavieve:

1. I'm with the same company, but in a different store that's not nearly as insane as the one I was in with DS, so that should make it easier for me to get a pumping schedule going, or at least make it so I can pump every two hours while I'm there. 

Excellent.

2. I plan to buy a good heavy duty pump (still deciding between the Medela Freestyle or the Pump in Style...any suggestions). I had a hospital grade Medela from WIC, but we no longer qualify, so I have to buy my own.

EITHER.

3. After the baby's born, I'll pump as much as I can during my maternity leave, so I have a sufficient stash.

Excellent.

4. I will be buying Mother's Milk Tea and eating milk making cookies even though I hate oatmeal. Lol.

Excellent.

5. I plan to buy the breastflow bottles to keep the bottle feeding as close to nursing as possible. 

Excellent.

So, is there anything else you guys can think of that I need to do?

Nope. Not one thing. In fact, I'd like to make your post a model of What To Do To Go Back To Work. You couldn't be more perfect if you tried.

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