Hi folks, I'm looking for some feedback and experience from other mothers. My plan is for my baby to breastfeed exclusively until 6 months and then to continue breastfeeding for as long as we can and want to. I will be going back to work when my baby is 3 months old and have the option of taking him with me to the office. I will probably do this so we can keep breastfeeding and to save on childcare. There may be certain days when I have a meeting or activity I can't bring him to, so he will probably be with his dad or another caretaker for a half-day every once in a while. Does anyone have experience taking their baby to the office? I've read about it some and it sounds like babies usually don't cause much hassle in the office - since they cry way less if they are with mama and getting breastfed and changed on demand. For the most part I'd probably keep him on me in a sling while I worked at my computer and maybe have something near my desk I can lay him down on every once in a while.
But I have also figured that I will want to pump milk some. Obviously, I will need to for the times when I have to leave him with Dad or another caretaker so I can go to a work activity that might not be the best to take him to. And I figure that he will spend some time alone with Dad if I want to go out on my own for a bit. So we will probably want a few feedings worth of pumped milk on hand most of the time, but won't necessarily be going through as much as a mom who is returning to work without her baby. I guess I'm really confused about how to make a pumping schedule around this? Should I just pump whenever needed to keep 3-4 feedings worth of milk on hand at all times? (Does that seem like enough if it is unlikely we will be apart for more than 4 hours at a time?)
If that is all the pumping I will really be doing, do I need a fancy electronic pump? Would a hand pump be enough?