I am preparing to go back to work after my second maternity loeave (my son is now just over 5 months) and I am weaning him slowly onto formula. I can't pump...it just does not work for me. My hormones are going crazy and I am feeling so depressed...I haven't felt this bad since before I got pregnant again. I would nurse forever if I could, but unfortunately I have to put a roof over my kids' head and food on the table, and I just can't do that and nurse simultaneously.
I don't remember this happening last time quite so violently. I wanted to see if anyone has been there before and had any words of wisdom for me.
I have heard of mama's pumping while looking at pictures and visualizing and stuff...that won't work? I know I have trouble pumping if my mind isn't in the right place.
Jen-loving Bill, mama to Teryn 18, Kalyn 16, Ricky 13, Natalie 5, Angel Zoe '07 and Amelia Rae 22 mos bonus kids (dss) W 14, W 13 NEW grandbaby due 10/10/11
Is there any way that whoever is watching your baby while you are at work, can bring your baby to you at lunch and/or at breaks?
Have you tried a variety of different pumps and hand-expressing, as well? (I only ask because I know others have said they couldn't, only to find out that with a different pump or hand-expressing, they actually could get together a bottle daily)
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This time I may have to mix formula and BM as I can still pump but not a lot, but have no problem BFing at home. I have also learned (and you can find it on youtube, how to pump and bf simultaneously. I did this to build my freezer stash before working.
Regarding the hormonal flux and depression... I'd suggest talking to your care provider (if you DO decide that meds might help you, using them through the transition and then weaning off as life (and hormones) normalize would be an option.)
Also, I've had great personal success with taking Fish Oil and B-Complex supplements.
It's been my observation (3.5yrs of nursing, two kids, and a local ap group of 180+ families) that ANYTIME there's a change in the breastfeeding pattern, there is potential for a hormonal adjustment. And depression etc often goes with that.
But yes, I know exactly how hard it is to make this decision. I wasn't pumping NEAR enough at home to keep up with his demand and my work environment really isn't the best for pumping.
So, he got the best of me, if you will, for 9 weeks. All I can say is that he's happy, healthy and thriving going on 15 weeks.
And yes, try nursing him on your lunch break, and introducing solids (I know early intro of solids is controversial, but then so is formula) to make up for the lack of breast milk.
Jen 47 DS C 2/03 04/29/08/ DD S 10/28/09 DH Bill '97.
mighty-mama and her sister Kundalini-Mama
If you could get enough pumped for one day, you could try out seeing if you can pump when you get home, and if that will give you enough for the next day.
My body has adjusted and I don't have any problem going as long as 8-10 hours without nusing or pumping, and it hasn't had a negative effect on my milk supply.