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I am currently a SAHM, and bf my 7 month old dd exclusively. I absolutely love it. DH and I had planned on continueing this until dd self-weaned. DH has a neurolgoical disorder, and has been trying to continue to work as long as possible so I can stay w/ dd. He cannot care for her on his own. Now it looks like he will definitely have to go on disability soon. That means I have to go back to work. I would only have to work 20 hours a week, but want to continue bf. I've never pumped, and dd has never taken a bottle. If he holds out until she is 1, what is the best way to go about helping her go a 5 hour period w/out nursing? Currently she still nurses often. I've been gone for 2 hours before w/ no problems, but any longer she gets very fussy. I know solids will help, but I want the transition to be as easy on her as possible. Is there something I can start doing now, or should I just not worry about it until I start work. She will be at home w/ dh and a nanny, but as she is my first, I have no idea what to expect.
 

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By one year, most babies can go 5 hours without nursing. She will likely accept a subsitute from a caregiver, a cup of your milk, or a meal of table foods and water.<br><br>
It is good you can (hopefully) wait until she is a full year old to go back to work. Good luck with the transition.<br><br>
Read <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 tons of good tips.
 

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Start working now on introducing her to a sippy cup. I also agree that by the time she is 1 she can probably go a long time without nursing, though she may make up for it at night so be prepared! You might want to try buying an Avent Isis pump. It's not that expensive, it's easy to use, and great for once-in-a-while pumpers. You can build up a stash that could be given to "hold her over" until you get home.<br><br>
Or, if she starts getting into solids before you start back at work, you may be able to hold her off with that. You're in a good situation: five hours is totally doable! Good luck!
 

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Indeed, I think you'll be surprised the difference between 7 and 12 months. Most babies can easily go 5 hours by this time. I remember thinking it would never happen (my DS was an every 2 hours guy from birth to about 8 months).<br><br>
When babies start getting mobile and in particular, walking, the world opens up and often times they back off nursing during this time because they are so distracted. DS backed off at nine months and started going 4 to 5 hours between day time nursings, easily. I continued to nurse him at night before bed and usually once or twice during the night--I think he was making up some BF ground there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
At 12 months, babies can easily go a five hour stretch. I would just make sure to nurse right before you leave and indeed, the advice to start her on a sippy cup in the near future is an excellent one. Once she has an alternative source she can manage, all the better.<br><br>
ITA with Piglet's assessment: <i>"Totally doable."</i> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Best of luck!
 

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take calcium and magnesium at bedtime and more magnesium later if your up in the night. always with a full glass of water.<br><br>
AND prioritize the night nursing. the mineral will help you to go right back to sleep and not get the nursing jitters.<br><br>
cosleeping supports the breastfeeding relationship.<br><br>
can someone bring baby to work once aday to nurse?<br><br>
can you get a close by job?<br><br>
that would be great.<br><br>
or maybe you could go home on lunch.<br><br>
rrr
 
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