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#1 of 5 Old 03-28-2008, 02:10 PM - Thread Starter
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My DH is going to be a SAHD when I go back to work in mid-May. Any advice for helping to make it a smooth transition? We already know that she will take a bottle from him, so I'll be pumping during the day and BFing as long as possible in the mornings, evenings, night - whenever DD needs it.

Also - different topic - I have pumped a few times, just to have enough milk so that DH can give her a bottle once in a while and we can know she's ok with it. Each time, I only got about 2 oz. That is NOT enough to keep her filled up, and I'm worried what will happen when I go back to work? Will I have enough milk, if I pump 3 times during the day? Ack - scary!
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#2 of 5 Old 03-28-2008, 04:42 PM
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There's a pump support tribe somewhere around here that should be able to give you more info.

From whatI remember, eating oatmeal should help increase your milk quantity as well as pumping in the mornings. The more you pump, the more milk you will produce, but it may take a while.

Good luck!
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Hi there!
My dh has been the SAHP at our house for over 5 years now, since my dd was 6 weeks old. It's a wonderful life, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Feel free to PM me if you have specific questions or issues. I breastfed my first dd for 14 months while working full-time, pumping during the day and bf on demand nights and weekends.

With my second, I was able to continue breastfeeding well beyond 2 years old, doing the same thing. It really can be done.

What kind of pump are you using? When do you pump? One suggestion if you have an electric pump (if you're going to back to work full-time I assume you do), is that during the first morning feeding, go ahead and pump one side while your babe nurses. Then switch and pump the other side while she nurses on the second side (assuming she nurses both sides per session). I was able to build up a large freezer stash by simply doing that every morning. The morning supply was always abundant enough for pumping and nursing (go, booobies! )

I hope your experience will be as good as mine has been. My girls are so attached to their dad, and to me as well of course, but it is truly heart-warming and a joy to come home to every day.
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My dh is a SAH too. Although I wish I was at home,I love that he is. He and my DS are so close, and he has none of the worries that he can't take care of DS that some dads seem to have.
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Just wanted to second the oatmeal idea for pumping/supply. I saw results with 2 1/2c servings of old fashioned oats a day (not instant). Plus drinking a huge glass of water with each bowl. Oatmeal cookies work too!

At first when I started pumping I would get 1-2oz right after nursing from that side. It was frustrating, but after a week of consistant pumping I get 4oz. You just have to make it part of your routine. I started eating one of my oatmeal bowls before bed and waking up after ds's morning feed to pump 4oz and then just froze it...this way you build a stash in case he goes through a growth spurt at some point and you need to supplement from the freezer until your supply catches up.

Also, make sure you are getting a let down while pumping, if I don't its hard to get much.

Good luck!

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