My DP will be starting school next week and I have suddenly found myself back in the workforce to help contribute to the family income. (Turns out the student loans are ridiculously low). I have some concerns about pumping that I'm confident you can help me with
My son is almost eight months old and nurses only about 5 or 6 times a day. One side per feeding, 10 minutes per feeding. He's been sleeping 12 hours every night since he was 3 months, so no night nursing. I have been very lax about solids here, as he just wasn't terribly interested, and I thought I would be a SAHM longer and could simply provide breastmilk. Lately I have been much more successful in this endeavor, as I have learned to relinquish control and allow him to feed himself, which it seems was all he wanted.
Today he went about five hours without needing or wanting to nurse, between his morning nap and about five o'clock. I will be working from 9:30 to five about three days a week. Now, I'm thinking that he will be just fine with some expressed bm for his nap, followed by a lunch of solids until I get home to nurse him for dinner. So would I be okay to just pump once a day at work? Do I even need to pump? It seems as though the feeding for his nap is more comfort- he sure doesn't eat much.
Okay, I need to clarify this because it's getting a bit muddled. Well, it IS one in the morning
Here is his schedule. He wakes up at around eight and nurses a lot in the morning. Then at about 10 he goes down for a nap while nursing but barely takes anything from that feeding. I can actually just as easily get him to sleep at this time by rocking him. When he wakes up he'll been fine for about an hour or two, then he has some solids. He is loving the finger food! He then has an afternoon nap at around 3ish for a good 90 minutes. For this nap he doesn't nurse at all... he just wants to sleep. When he wakes up he's good and hungry and will have a good feed, and some solids. (this is when I'll be home from work). He may nurse again a few hours after dinner, then again for bed at nine.
You know, it's amazing when you actually sit down and figure it out. I really thought it was more than that- seems like the kid's hardly eating! I think he's fine though- he's a big boy
Okay. I'm getting off-topic again. Do I even need to pump when he's barely eating during this time anyway, and my body is already used to this? I am stressing out over this on top of the fact that I am leaving him for the very first time and feel quite devastated
I do have another question, if you've made it this far. I was planning on giving him the expressed milk in a cup, as I thought it was dumb to introduce a bottle at this point (he's never been offered one). Is this right? He wouldn't latch his first five days and drank beautifully out of a cup, so I guess I've just answered my own question. Sheesh, I need some sleep.
I just don't want to leave him