On an emotional level, I don't want to start bottles at all yet...
Early childhood teacher, animal rescuer, guardian to 2 dogs and 2 cats.Our little kumquat Rose is here! Born 9/18!
I wouldn't bother until 3-4 weeks bc if baby is nursing ok I would not introduce a bottle until then and then only give 1-2 a week maybe. then you don't need to do it that often until closer to your return to work. goal is 16-24 oz for first day at work so you just need to start early enough to get that much. nak.
If you have 4 - 6 months before you need to return i wouldnt touch that pump until at least 12 weeks! Its best to let the baby regulate how much he needs - if you start pumping now, you will start producing more milk than baby needs - its just better to let nature take over right now...you have plenty of time to deal with the pump!
Happy at Home Mama to DD 4/95 DS 4/98 and DS#2 8/10
Now that I'm no longer NAKing, one more thing I wanted to add. I dealt with excess lipase in my milk. This is not harmful but basically the upshot is that milk that has been frozen for more than 2-3 weeks tastes really yucky and my daughter wouldn't drink it. The solution I discovered is to scald the milk before freezing it, and after I do this it's fine. This problem isn't really common, but it does happen and I'd hate for somebody else to be blindsided by it. So I think it's important to pump enough in advance that you can let some milk sit in the freezer, thaw it a month later, and see if it's still good. If it's not, you then have time to adjust and you aren't faced with going back to work leaving your child with a freezer full of milk they won't touch. So I would recommend you pump at least a couple times 6-8 weeks before your return to work, freeze it, and then check in a month to see if it is still palatable.
Kellymom.com has more information about excess lipase.
Many moms who are working and pumping don't bother with having milk frozen for months. If you start pumping a few weeks before you go back to work and set up a pumping schedule for yourself, you can stay a week or two ahead of what baby needs and the milk will always be fairly recent.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds