Hello ladies, I am currently 38 weeks and baby could be here today or 3 weeks from now.
I will be returning part time to work after about 2 weeks. It's really fairly non-negotiable financially for us and also for my job. I'm self employed as a therapist, so any time past that point means I start to lose my clients and essentially my income.
I can however set my own schedule and hours. I can make it somewhat flexible. I can see a client for an hour session at say 1pm, then not see anyone until 3 hours later at 4pm so I can attempt to not go longer than an hour at a time away from my little girl. Husband, MIL and other family are all on board with helping me nurse right before the session and then bringing her to me after that hour session is done so we can nurse if I can't go all the way home in between.
So I have a fairly OK setup, but I also know that I'm attempting to still go back to work at a very rough point and typical growth spurt. Is this something that I'll just have to power through and just "make it work at all costs" since we are all very dedicated to nursing? I don't want to pump and introduce bottles until at least 6 weeks, so these 4 weeks will be interesting.
Any tips at all for making a situation like this work that I haven't been able to plan for at this point that I might need to be aware of or that could help? The problem is really that constant nursing that can happen at the beginning in those first 6 weeks and I have no idea how to plan for that or make it work