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My son will be 4 months when I go back to work full time. I take him with me everywhere I go and bf on demand. How do I know how much milk to leave for him?<br><br>
Also would be interested in any advice on how to make this easiest on both of us <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I am super anxious about the entire process but really worried about being able to provide him with enough milk by pumping. I know that I can mix it with formula but I view formula sort of like fast food in a bottle. To me its like getting a burger and fries and putting it in the blender and feeding it to the baby. I just wouldn't do it. I need pumping to work for my son and I.<br><br>
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Start pumping in between feedings and store milk in your freezer. Lansinoh has really good breast milk storage bags. I like them a lot. My baby easts every few hours when she's at home with her daddy while I'm at work and each time, she eats about 4-6oz. I pump at work as well, so I always take that milk home with me and put it in the freezer. To keep up my supply, I pump every 2-3 hours at work and put the milk in the freezer there.
 

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I agree with starting a freezer stash...its always great to have on hand, especially when you don't yet know how much babe will eat.<br><br>
Tip for freezing in the bags (I love the Lansinoh bags). Freeze them flat (on a plate, frozen pizza/food box, etc.) and then store them upright in one of those almost square tissue boxes (with the top cut off). This save so much space, and keeps the integrity of the bags intact (ie, they won't get nicked/tear).<br><br>
My DD barely drank from the bottle while I was away at work all day. Max probably around six ounces. And she was constant nurser.<br><br>
I just left DS for the first time today (seven hours) with my parents and he drank one ounce. I pumped 15 in two sessions (my breasts still get let down from the sound of the pump<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ). I'm hoping that things will level out and he'll eat more during the day. I expect a nurse-athon tonight.<br><br>
I think, nutritionally or maybe immunity-wise, its better to give your babe the milk you pumped the day before at work (instead of frozen milk). I can't do this as I only leave DS one day per week right now. But once you build the stash, you can view it as supplemental if you need to go that route.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Oh, and heating up the milk in the Lansinoh bags is so easy. Just fill a large bowl with warm tap water and place the bag in there until it melts and get warm. The previous poster said to freeze them flat and I totally agree. That's waht I do. I just stack them on each other and have several piles in my freezer.
 

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I just returned to work last week so this has been my second week of pumping. I know how you feel...it's tough! Pumping so far has been great for me. I had a small freezer stash...maybe 8 3-5 oz servings. I use the Playtex Drop-ins storage system and really like it. My nanny has not had to use any frozen milk yet. Basically I just pumped as much fresh milk after nursing on the day before I returned, kept it in the fridge and the anny used that for my first day back. Then I pump twice at work (8AM and Noon) and that goes in the fridge when I get home for the next day. I am a teacher so I am home by 4:15 and then I just nurse DS as soon as I get home. On the weekend I do not pump at all, just nurse...and use Friday's pumped milk for Monday. DS has been taking anywhere from 6-10oz a day.He is 6.5 months old.<br><br>
Good luck!It does get easier day by day.<br><br>
P.S....I have a little pumping routine...I keep the lights low in my room, take out a pic of my little one, put some music on and it is actually the nicest part of my work day because I feel connected with my baby......doing the most I can for him!!!
 

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DD just started at daycare and I Had the the same thoughts, how much do you send. I had always fed on demand and DD wouldn't take bottles at home.<br>
She gets one bottle in the morning and another in the afternoon, I am able to nurse at lunchtime.<br><br>
The first day I sent 3 bottles, 1-2 oz. and 2-1 oz. plus 2-2 oz freezer bags (definitly lay them flat, they store better and thaw faster)<br><br>
The second day I think I sent 2-2 oz bottles and a 1 oz. (plus they had the freezer stash, now 6-2 oz. bags)<br><br>
And no she gets 2-3 oz. bottles, (plus the freezer supply) so she takes 3 oz areound 9 or 9:30 and then 3 oz. around 3 or 3:30, I top her off right before I drop her off usually. There have been a few days where she doesn't eat much and otherday where she guzzles it down.<br><br>
I think if you can send several small amounts, you will learn after a few days how much you LO will take at a sitting. My provider is great about letting me know if she might need bigger bottles etc.<br><br>
HTH<br><br>
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Hugs. You can do this. I encourage you to check out the working and student mamas thread in the "parenting" section of MDC. They can also offer some good advice.<br><br>
As for how much milk, see if your daycare will make the bottles for you. You could bring the frozen or thawed bags of breastmilk and have daycare prepare the bottles and then you'll know how much your babe will take each day. When I returned to work, I left my DS with 3 6-oz bottles each day and he ate one at 9 am, one at noon and one at 3 pm. This worked well. I prepared the bottles at my home, but my daycare gave me the option of preparing them for me.<br><br>
As for pumping, start by pumping now. I started waking up around 5 am and would pump. Then when DS woke up around 6 or so I would nurse him. I also pumped as soon as I walked in the door after work for a few months. This was tough - very tough - b/c I wanted to play with DS, but I figured I could sacrifice 10 minutes so that I could pump.<br><br>
At work, it is important for you to set a pumping schedule and keep to it. At first I pumped twice a day at work: once at 9 am and once at noon. Eventually I dropped the 9 am pump and just did the noon. I also pumped on the weekends in the morning so I could build up my stash that way.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Thanks to everyone that posted. Its so nice to have the support out there. Going back to work seems like such a daunting task even though I do like my job. One of the biggest concerns is that I don't know WHERE I'm going to pump. We have cubicles instead of closed offices, the only offices are for the District Manager and Assistant Manager and even those are enclosed by windows not solid walls. I think there are two places that might work but I feel awkward approaching my boss about the subject. The poor man was nervous enough discussing my pregnancy and leave options.<br><br>
When do you defrost the milk? Do you send it to daycare defrosted or do you send it already in the bottles and ready to go?
 

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Freezer stash. I didn't have one to speak of and that is the only thing I regret.<br><br>
I use a home daycare, my DCP keeps a freezer stash (of my milk) also - for emergencies. I send her thawed milk in bottles which I tell her to use first, and then fresh (refridgerated) milk in bottles - enough for the day. At the end of the week I freeze all the leftover BM.<br><br>
This week DS is in daycare during a time of day when he consumes more BM so I actually gave her the whole rest of my freezer stash and told her to please only thaw as needed so they don't get wasted.<br><br>
I feel the same way about formula and might have to use it tomorrow or Saturday unless I can arrange for someone to drive baby to my office. So my best advice in the world is to get as big of a freezer stash as you can!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Kellymom has a great deal of information, start here & go from there:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/index.html</a>
 
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