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AAAAAAAAh I have a 4 month old! I went back to work one full day last week and at 4:00 I came home (DH works nights) and little Ruby only took 1oz from the bottle/spoon the whole day (9 hours). She seemed content/lazy though, not screaming. I remember reading on here that some babies sleep that long without intake, but it was sooo hot that day. I worry about dehydration. Yes we cosleep and I think we are reverse cycling but it makes me nervous she's getting next to nothing all that time. She only nurses a couple times in the night I think. I came home at lunch the rest of the week and this week but I can't do that any more (environmental program starts tomorrow!)<br><br>
On top of that, I lost my entire freezer stash I worked all summer to get in the power outage.<br><br>
Then I find out the electric pump is broken. I had to run out and get a PIS and pay full price. Why am I doing this? She's not going to drink it anyway!!!!! But what if she suddenly is starved? I need some support from you mamas! I have to pump in a dark supply closet with no heat/air because I don't really get a break. I eat lunch with the 5th graders. I really love my job though, its just we don't have a good space right now.<br><br>
Do I really need to pump? I have a great supply so far. I will usually be away from her 6 or maybe 7 hours. (I once pumped 5oz from one breast in 5 min!) What about solids? I really wanted to wait for 6 months for solids but she seems interested already..would this help get her through the day?<br><br>
Will she just take the bottle/cup when she's hungry? OK I need to calm down I think. I'm trying, really I am. Thanks for listening..er i mean reading.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt">
 

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OMG you poor thing. What an awful time you're having. I'm so sorry to hear about you losing your freezer stash.<br><br>
I'm sure, with time, she'll get used to feeding when you're not there. My dd is terrible still at taking a bottle or sippy cup but I don't work so it's not a huge issue. I'd try experimenting with sippy cups too with and without the valve - my dd likes the cheap, hard nasty one from CVS and won't touch the nice, soft expensive Avent cup. I'd keep at it for a bit to give her a chance to catch on to bottles/sippy cups before thinking about solids. If she was starting to lose weight, then I'd consider giving solids.<br><br>
Re going 6-7 hours without pumping. Usually I'd say no, squeeze in a pump session... but like you say, she's reverse cycling so as long as she nursing frequently at night, it would probably be ok. I mean some of us are getting 6-7 hours sleep at night without nursing and our supply ain't drying up. Also the first 3 months are the most important for establishing your supply and you're past that. I hate to think of you in that supply closet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
edited to add - if you're concerned about hydration, check she's having enough wet diapers and they're clear not yellow.
 

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Some quick links to get you started. I highly rec you get <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/reading.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="reading"> Nursing Mother Working Mother, for info and confidence building.<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bf-links-pumping.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/b...s-pumping.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/pumping_decrease.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html</a>
 
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