sure its been done before lots but bf and work(6 Posts)
I have to go back to work in about 6 weeks time. full time because we need to get approval for a mortgage, long story but we live in aus and need to buy a home. Im a nurse and we need me to be working for 12 months to get residency and three of these full time for mortgage. DS is 41/2 months and he currently wont entertain a bottle. he will however take formula if it is spoon fed.. this seems to be fun im sure he wants some food because he is really interested in what i eat and likes to play eating. however i would like to continue bf around work so night feeds and morning evening, will my body adjust to this or will i have to express during the day? with dd i just substituted some feeds for formular and slowly she went over to that with no problem and i managed to give her nigt feeds. but not sure how i will go with slightly more bf? any ideas?
I went back to work when ds was 5 months - after taking a bottle of expressed every few days he suddenly refused at 4 and a half months (panic stations!) and refused a bottle of any kind pretty much for ever. I posted on here in a panic at the time. I expressed at work at lunchtime (was nigh on impossible as a teacher!) then eventually gave up on that too, as he wouldn't drink more than a sip. He would drink small sips of water, bf before 8a.m. and again at 4, then through the evening and much of the night. It's called reverse cycling, I believe. I co-slept, so that I wasn't really awake much of the time I was feeding him and I loved the closeness it gave us despite me being a working mum again.
The downside, and I suppose this may have happened anyway, is that he still feeds from about 5 till 7 at 2.9 months and sometimes from about 3 till 7. He still has a bedtime feed and I can't conceive of a time when he won't breastfeed at the mo - this isnlt so great now, I had hoped he would sleep through.
I am sure it is possible to do the reverse cycling and end up with a baby who sleeps through when they no longer need it though. Hopefully someone else will be alng with a success story soon!
Think Tiktok kindly helped me out at the time by telling me my baby would be okay without breastmilk between 8 and 4 and would take what he needed (a lot!) the rest of the time.
Thank you Tiktok, looking back I don't know what I would have done without you
Thak you.. feel much better. dd has decoded ... odd baby .. that he really likes baby rice, quite gross but i let him finger feed it he doest get much but will at least give him a full feeling if he really continues to refuse a bottle. Im hoping to work long das so will have to leav home at 5 15 and wil be back about 7pm. that way i only have to do 3 days ish a week. and plenty of time at home. will have to see. thanks for the info tho!
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