My baby suddenly dropped from 10-12 feeds a day to 5 or 6 in the last week or so. She is 7 months old and eating solids really well. After the initial engorgement at such a sudden drop, 5 feeds a day (4am, 8am, 11am, 3pm, 6.30pm) is so unbelievably easy and blissful. I was so exhausted feeding every hour through the day up until a few weeks back (I am lucky that she never fed much overnight though).
I am going back to work when she is 10 months old. Is there any chance she'll be down to morning and evening feeds then so I don't have to express at work? (I work a crazy-busy hospital job and never found the time to wee during 12 hour shifts previously, so really unsure how expressing would work )
So how old is your baby and how many feeds a day? Just to get an idea.
My baby is 10 months and feeds an average of 4-5 times per day at approx. 8am, 1.30pm (usually feeds to sleep for nap), 7.30pm and 2am. Sometimes she has a short feed late afternoon, sometimes has one at 11pm and occasionally has one mid-morning, depends what we're doing that day. She starts at a childminder soon and I'll be doing 12 hour shifts too. I'll leave her two lost of milk to have when I'm gone as she'll have her morning feed a couple of hours earlier so think she might be more likely to have one mid morning, then one for the afternoon. I expect to express once during my shift. Amongst my friends with bresatfed babies of a similar age, several have stopped having feeds in the day, others still feed a couple of times. It is your legal right to be able to express at work, I know on a very busy shift it might be really hard to find the time but that's your employer's problem, not yours, (also obviously in a 12 hour shift you should be having a break anyway!)
I went back to work when DD was 8 mo, only expressed once a day (2 bottles), by 11 months she was just BFing when I was with her at home so (about 4/5 times a day on my days off) so no more expressed bottles, at nursery she was just having water during the day, then cow's milk too from 12 mo.