Now, the problem: because I was hired recently and am still on "probationary status", my maternity leave will be whatever sick/vacation days I have accrued at the time of the birth and nothing more, no option for unpaid leave, no option for medical allowance, etc.... Probably around 6 days total, so a week, roughly, considering it'll overlap with a weekend.
Quitting is not an option, unless I am forced to do so because of post-partum complications or an unplanned c-section or something like that that prevents me from going back to work. Finding another job at this point would be difficult and probably a waste of time... I *love* this job and I want to make it work.
With my first kid, I was at home until he was over 1 year old, and I did a very minor amount of pumping. I had no problems breastfeeding him.
Now, I'm looking at what the return to work will be like at around 1 week postpartum and I am worried. I know I should pump at work, but the idea of combining the physical recovery from birth and dealing with a newborn and a full time, stressful job, plus this whole pumping thing is starting to overwhelm me. To the point where I am wondering if I should even try it or just give up and do formula. Never in a million years would I have expected to even consider formula feeding by choice--but this mat leave thing has blindsided me.
Talk me into pumping? Tell me how to make it work? Or just tell me I am ridiculous and should be banned from reproducing? Anything goes...I doubt many people will have BTDT because this is a pretty outrageous situation and most people in my position would probably just quit the job, but I can't do that financially.