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Hi friends,<br><br>
In a week I return to teaching. I teach twice a week for 50 minutes at a time, my daughter will be 1 month old. She is exclusively nursed on demand. I'm not sure how to handle this time away from her. Here's what I'm wondering...<br><br>
I could take her with me, but I teach a group of very immature students and I don't know how well they will handle the nursing thing. And this is my first baby - I'm not an old hand at this, and I wonder if it will be too much of a distraction (for me AND them) during my teaching time. It stresses me out to think about managing her and these students and their reactions.<br><br>
Robin is a great baby but can be fussy in the morning, it's hard to predict if she'll be conked out or if she'll want to eat the entire hour or what. It's such a short amount of time that it seems like I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but I'm so nervous! I will nurse her before class although I feel weird making her eat/trying to get her to eat at a time when she might not otherwise.<br><br>
I have a friend who's nursed 4 kids who offered to sit next door with Robin during that time. I would be comfortable with that since she's btdt, so it seems like this might be a good solution. However, I haven't pumped ever, or fed Robin from anything but my boob. I'm really nervous about both pumping and offering her a bottle. Since it's such a short amount of time, I don't know how to go about building a little stash just in case... do I pump after a feed? I don't foresee a great need for a stash, but if it will work better in terms of supply to do a regular pumping session then I guess I could do that. How do I start pumping without screwing everything up? Should I start now so that I get a few sessions in before I go back to teaching?<br><br>
Also, how should I have her feed Robin if she does get hungry while I'm gone? Should I go ahead an try a bottle, or do an alternative like the dropper? What kind of bottle should I use (I don't know if I have any, I think a few may have come with my PIS)? Should I have DH practice the feeding before we hand her off?<br><br>
If Robin does eat while I'm not there, should I pump to make up for that session?<br><br>
OR -- how can I manage having her with me during that time, so that we avoid the whole feeding anxiety thing, but I have to deal with feeling awkward in front of my students and/or dealing with a fussy baby potentially? She is ok in the mei tai but not necessarily for a full hour. I haven't tried the ring sling yet.<br><br>
I so, so, so don't want to mess up our nursing relationship right now. I know I sound like a total first time noob freaking over a small thing but if I did something to jeopardize breastfeeding I would be so upset. I want to do this right! Please help!!<br>
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She's nursed on demand but is there a pattern? Can you feed her before you go and right when you get back - will a pacifier help if she's not fed right away? I introduced a bottle at 4 weeks - it took 2 weeks for DS to get the hang of it - I pumped at work during the normal feedings - I'd try pumping a little in between feedings. I tried teaching with DS in a sling - didn't work for us. My hubbie changed his schedule to watch him while I worked 16 hours a week..... He used a bottle, sling and walking on a treadmill to keep him happy!
 

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there's a semi-pattern that has her nursing right during my class. i imagine this will change since i'll be getting her up and putting her in the car, which she hates, and then hopefully nursing her.<br><br>
i wish DH could change his work schedule but that's not in the works.<br><br>
good to know that intro-ing the bottle didn't ruin your supply or anything.
 

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Being away from your little one for one hour at a time isn't going to mess up your supply at all. Lots of babies nap longer than that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I think if you nurse her right before the class, she should be fine without leaving a bottle. But if it will make you feel better- I found that pumping first thing in the morning was the easiest time to pump. I would pump on one side while baby nursed the other while my breasts were very full, then baby could finish on the side I had pumped, as I usually quit after 2-3 oz (which would be plenty for your little one). I would pump on a day you didn't have work, so it wasn't a stress to your time in the morning.<br><br>
I would also while at home try out the ring sling- my first baby was able to sleep and nurse in the ringsling very comfortably, but it didn't work with my second for some reason- he prefered the wrap.
 
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