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Hey everyone. Your little ol' moderator is going to be a WOHM soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
In about six weeks our little family is packing up and moving to Cleveland. DH is gonna be the SAHD. My official start date is Jan 1 and it's only for six months. Hours are quite flexible. Pretty decent arrangement, and I'm quite excited about it.<br><br>
I'm heading there about two months early in order to gradually increase my time away from DD (since I've never been apart from her more than about 3 hours). I'll start by going in just for half days once or twice a week, and slowly increase from there (all this as an unpaid volunteer so I can really set my own pace). She will be 18 months old when I begin full time.<br><br>
I would like to avoid having to pump, since I rarely do it anymore and last time I tried I got next to nothing. When DD wants to nurse, she wants the boob. She will take a sippy cup no problem, and does drink EBM that way if you offer it, but when she wants to nurse that doesn't seem to satisfy her. Right now, I'd say she has about 3 good nursings throughout the day, and what I'm hoping to do is nurse her in the morning before work, come home at lunch and nurse her (we'll be living close by), then nurse her again when I come home.<br><br>
She still nurses a fair amount at night but that doesn't bother me and I won't mind if she nurses more at night to make up for me being away.<br><br>
I'm hoping that this will all work out. I will have time to make sure it does, and I'm fairly confident. I guess I just wanted to hear from other moms who were working but not pumping for their toddlers, and how is it working out for you?
 

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Hi Piglet!<br><br>
Congrats on your move and your new job. I hope it goes well. My twins are 17 months old and have pretty much stopped taking bottles of EBM at day care, though they have had them available up until today (eek!--there's one in the freezer if necessary).<br><br>
They just stopped wanting it in the last month or so, though they nurse enthusiastically (!) at home with me on my days off. I suspect your DD will be fine, especially with a slow transition.<br><br>
Good luck to all of you!<br><br>
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I've been working full-time since my daughter was 4 months old, and stopped pumping at 8 months (was only producing about 3 oz a day and didn't seem worth it...whole other story, though). Ever since then--she's 21 months now--she's nursed in the morning, as soon as we get home in the afternoon, and for bedtime. Weekends, she nurses whenever she wants. (She nightweaned spontaneously at 13 months.)<br><br>
It's working fine for us, and it's nice to be able to sit down and nurse right as we get home....I can relax and just hold her, and put off attending to the "tasks" that await, like fixing dinner, and doing laundry, and etc.<br><br>
In fact, I honestly believe that working and "failing" at pumping were contributing factors in my decision to keep breastfeeding this long. (Although it wasn't really a decision, just a realization that I shouldn't wean her according to anyone else's timetable.) It's the best way I've found to reconnect with her, and it makes me feel good knowing that, even when I'm away from her during the day, I can still give her my best when I get home. And it's the one thing that her caregivers--who are wonderful--can't give her!<br><br>
It's great that you have that long, flexible transition into working. I had to go back very unexpectedly, with a week's warning...it was really terrible. I'm sure you and your daughter will be fine!
 

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Piglet!<br><br>
Congrats! Hey, we'll be in Cleveland (Solon) for Thanskgiving.....<br><br><br>
Anyway, Goo doesn't take bottles during the day any more. She's on sippies only for day time. I just kinda banned the bottle during the day (she still gets one at night)<br><br>
Maybe if you could give some EBM in sippies from DH, it would help?<br><br>
I know you don't want to pump.... Don't think I can really help!
 

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Hi Piglet,<br><br>
Congrats on the move and the new job!<br><br>
I stopped pumping when dd was about 12 months old. I wasn't getting that much and she wasn't taking the EBM, so I just kind of stopped. We also stopped using bottles around that time too. DD takes only sippy cups, either with water or cow's milk. She doesn't drink a lot of cow's milk and waits until I get home to nurse. I had to go to work when dd was 11 weeks old and worked about 30-35 hours a week, nursing dd during lunch time, after work and throughout the night. We did this till dd was 18 months old. Now I am working pt and I nurse her about 3x a day. Last month, I started limiting the night nursing sessions and I am hoping that she will night wean in a month or so. She's 19 months old now. We still have 3 good nursing sessions in a 24 hour period. In any case, good luck to you. It sounds like you have a great nursing relationship with your little one and I hope the transition will go smoothly for all of you!<br><br>
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Hello Piglet!<br>
Congrats on the Job!<br><br>
Just wanted to let you know that I bf'd ds till he was 30mos. I went back to work at 4mos and pumped for a little over a year. After that It was bf first thing in the morning, as soon as we got home in the evening(3-10hr days/week) and on demand at night (usually once or twice--the second time running into the first thing in the morning). the other 4 days of the week It was on demand--mostly for comfort and to get to sleep at naptime in addition to the other times mentioned. We weaned at 30 mos, mostly because he was spending most of his time asking for 'B' and then fooling around the whole time. But, I think that we had a great experience and were able to integrate the work/bf thing pretty well. I hope you are encouraged and that it all works out for you guys!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie"><br>
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Congrats, Piglet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I personally stopped pumping when dd was 18 months, but since I now do most of my work from home, it's not really relevant anyway (she's now 27 months old, and nurses several times each day).<br><br>
More relevant to you, I know a physician who worked full time, yet still was nursing her daughter in the evenings (who was nearly 4 years old). She said it helped them stay connected. She didn't know whether she actually had any milk by then, but that wasn't the point. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Good luck! It'll all work out fine.
 
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