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Ok so I posted a thread on pacifiers and got some really good input. I saw a couple of women write how they would not put an artificial nipple in their childs mouth when they have a perfectly good one and ITA, but WWYD if your not a SAHM or WAHM and you have to go back to work, I guess you would have no option but use a bottle (breast milk of course)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> while the baby was at the babysitters. And how have you ladies that do work deal with this, how would you keep your supply up etc.?<br>
p.s. have you ever experienced a sitter requesting you bring a pacifier?
 

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I don't have personal experience with this, but a close colleague pumped at work for seven months after coming back from maternity leave. It was really inspiring. Her baby was just over a year old when she weaned her. Here's what she did:<br><br>
She pumped religiously on a schedule. I think she must have done it every three hours. She would close the door to her office and put up a laminated sign that said "Mommy at work! Please come back at ______" and she would use a dry erase marker to fill in the time that she would be available.<br><br>
Part of her success was the support of everyone in the office. We scheduled meetings around her pumping schedule and kept a space in the fridge open for milk storage. We had networked calendars, so she would block out time on her calendar so we would know when she ws pumping and that she was not available for meetings. This helped her stick to her schedule. She also coslept at night, and that helped keep her close to her babe.<br><br>
About once or twice a week, she would either take an extended lunch break to spend some extra time with her baby at the sitters, or the sitter would come to the office for a visit. I think that helped her a lot, too.<br><br>
Oh, and yes, her babe used a pacifier while at the sitter, but not at home with mommy. She did what worked for her.<br><br>
Good luck to you!!
 

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There's a Working and Student Moms forum here that may help with your questions.<br><br>
I work FT out of the house and we've used bottles all along. When they are super little and if you have a caregiver who is willing, they can use alternate methods like cup or spoon feeding, SNS, etc. We used bottles with the infant sized nipples (even now at 14 months, we still use the slowest flow nipples) to keep it as close to BFing as possible and we've never had any problems.<br><br>
I pumped 4 times a day for months and months, and still pump 2ce a shift even at 14 months old. There are lots of great tips and helpful advice at <a href="http://www.kellymom.com" target="_blank">www.kellymom.com</a> and in the Working Moms forum.<br><br>
DD isn't in daycare, she's with DH 90% of the time and my MIL the other 10%. If you're serious about no pacifier use, make sure you are very, very clear with your care provider from the beginning.<br><br>
Honestly, though, never say never. I hate the very idea of pacifiers, even the name irks me, but DD needed one. She had a high suck need and it was one of her very few ways to self-soothe. We had no problems with it, really, I just wanted to remind you that babies have a way of making us eat our words sometimes!
 

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I am working full time and I pump at work. I am so fortunate to have an office with a door that locks. I pump around my schedule and store the milk in my fridge. Pumping doesn't take very long so it isn't too hectic. I also notice that my daughter nurses more at night now that I am working. She hasn't reversed, but she has picked up more.<br><br>
My daughter never liked the pacifier anyway, but I also never took it to the babysitter. I am so fortunate to have found our sitter (after quitting 2 not so good sitters). She only watches my kids and is more like a grandma to them. We have a good relationship where she knows how much I appreciate her and we seem to be on the same page about most things. She does what she knows I would do.
 

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I work and pump, thankfully I have a spot with a locking door.<br><br>
DD get 2 bottles a day at daycare and I am able to nurse her at lunch. We also cosleep and she nurses at night when ever she wants - occasionally (like this last weekend) I have help pumping vacations - where I pump as often as possible while still nursing DD when she wants/ needs (2-3 times at a min.) just to help up my pumping and freezer supply.<br><br>
As far as pacifiers go - We tried introducing one in the begining - DD needed to suck ALOT, but didn't always want milk - we had a very cranky baby for a while. DD wanted nothing to do with pacifiers (we now own 10 + of them in various brands and styles)<br><br>
I didn't take the pacifiers to Daycare, I saw no point, but a month or 2 ago they asked for them, so I brought 2 in - I didn't figure it would work, but they kept asking because she was having trouble sleeping. She still doesn't take them really - sometime if she really needs to suck she will use it the intended way - but most times she holds onto the nipple part and chews the backside <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: hey what ever she wants - it still suprises Daycare that she won't suck it really and she hates when it's put in her mouth for her, I 've always just handed it to her to do with as she pleases.
 

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I am a working mom and my two year old is still nursing. I returned to work when she was twelve weeks old and pumped until she was a year old, after that I sent cows milk (organic whole fat) with her to daycare and we continue to nurse evenings, mornings, weekends, and sometimes at night. At the beginning I pumped about four times a day, and was neurotic about my freezer stash (DH still makes fun of me, I think the most I had stored up was about 100 oz).<br><br>
She never really took to a pacifier, but uses it sometimes now for fun. It wasn't an issue at daycare (they probably don't like the pacifiers because they fall on the floor, the get mixed up, etc.). I did get harassed to bring in more milk or supplement with formula, but it was one particular teacher (who I caught rattling a bottle in a babies mouth to get them to finish it, this is a no-no for bottle feeding a breastfed baby.<br><br>
I never had to supplement at daycare (I did supplement early on due to tongue tie, low weight gain and bad advice from a doctor). We always used bottles as well, but I know that sometimes other methods are preferred.<br><br>
a good website with information is: <a href="http://www.workandpump.com" target="_blank">www.workandpump.com</a> I think they also have guidelines on there for bottle feeding a breastfed baby.
 

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Here! Here! I feel the same, but my DS has a very high suck need. I nurse as much as possible as well. He doesn't always suck on it either. He chews on it. When I see him do that--I am secretly glad it is not my nipple. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I went back to work f/t when DS was 6mos old and he always just took ebm from a bottle. I pumped 3x/day at first, gradually going down to once a day by the time DS was 15 mos (which was when I stopped pumping for him b/c he drank water from a sippy exclusively during the day by that point and only bf when he was with me) - my job has a separate room designated for pumping which includes a hospital-grade breastpump (so all I had to do was bring my attachments) a fridge and a sink (and a comfy couch to sit on!). I offered the breast more frequently when at home in the eves and on the weekends and never had supply issues.<br><br>
As far as pacis, DS didn't take to them either (although there were times when he was an infant that I DESPERATELY wanted him to be able to suck on something other than me to get to sleep! He went through about a 2-minute phase of sucking his thumb but more than anything else, he just wanted ME <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). And daycare never asked for them (he's in a home daycare, but I don't know that that makes a difference in general)
 

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I worked with DD. She wouldn't take artificial nipples. She refused to take bottles. DH offered one to her every day until she was six months and then stopped offering them to her. I nursed her at lunch, DH was a SAHD and he drove her to me every day, and she reversed cycled and nursed at night. When she was 16 months I needed to give her some medication in a bottle and she started taking them. I pumped for 22 months. She started sucking her thumb at about 4 months. They have done comparison studies on thumb sucking vs pacifiers and thumb sucking doesn't appear to present an early weaning risk like pacifiers do.
 

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My 6mo likes to suck. I had problems with the daycare wanting to give him two bottles in a row because he still seemed hungry. I knew he wasn't that hungry. He hangs out on the boob for a while when he eats so he is upset when the bottle is empty after only a couple of minutes and then his sucking session is over. I sent in a paci with strict instructions. They were to offer it to him when he was done eating and I asked that they continue to hold him close and pat him while he sucked on his paci. This allowed him to have some extra cuddle time and suck time.<br><br>
I've been back to work for 2 months now and have been pumping at work. I call the daycare and check on my little guy before I go pump so I am thinking about him which helps me with my let down. I pump 3 times a day while at work and have a freezer stash of excessive proportions. I think I could leave for a week and my husband wouldn't have to worry about what to feed the baby! I think the biggest thing about pumping while at work is keeping it as a routine that you can't make excuses for skipping.
 
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