I'm going back to work when DD will be 8 months, two months away and am already stressing about it. Apart from the awfulness of leaving her, I want to carry on bf'ing until she is at least 1 but am worried about my supply as I will only be able to do morning and night-time feeds, if she is still having them. I will be leaving the house at about 8.30am and not back until almost 8pm. I don't agree with trying to adjust her bedtime to suit me and she is down between 7 and half past at the moment. Have bought really expensive double electric pump to use at work so SAHD can give bottles/sippy cup milk. Am wondering if I should start a dreamfeed now or would that be a backward step? Will my supply be able cope with just one or two direct feeds a day and the pump the rest of the time?
Thanks Bertie. Do you think its worth trying a dreamfeed before I go to bed to get another direct feed in and (hope against hope) get her to sleep through? I've tried it in a bit of a half-hearted way (just one night here and there) before and it didn't make any difference to when she woke in the night.
Your supply will adjust fine, and going back to work will not be as bad as you are expecting I promise I too was dreading it, and it has been ok. I feed on demand at a weekend, and used to express 2x a day at work, until ds was 10.5m. My supply has adjusted really well to it all.
Re the dream feed, it cant hurt to try. Its never made a difference to us, but like you I only tried it half heartedly really. Personally when I went back to work I liked the night feeds as I felt he needed them not the milk, but the feeding iyswim, so was happy to feed twice a night. Now at 11.5m (and with 4m of ft work under our belts) he doesnt seem to need them any more so I am not doing them unless hes really poorly or teething.