Jump to content
Help! Returning to work in a week's time
10 replies to this topic
Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:58 PM
I'm returning to work in a week's time and desperately wanted some advice.
I will be away from my 8 month old (6 months corrected - he was a preemie) for around 12 hours, 5 days a week.
He was exclusively bottle fed with ebm until around 4 months actual when he refused bottle and became exclusively breastfed - which is great because my milk supply was starting to drop when I was just pumping.
We tried to get him back on the bottle for ages in anticipation of me returning to work but refused it with tears! We tried everything - having someone else feed him, holding him in different positions, walking around, dark lighting, different bottles, different teats, ebm and formula... he refused everything... finally i have been trying with sippy cups, cups with a straw, open cup, spoon... he still hasnt got the hang of it and treats it like its a game or toy. We will keep trying but just worried cos hes not getting fluids in...
My worry is also because he hasnt really started on solids. We offer at every meal but sometimes he will take a teeny amount, sometimes he will gag it out and its clear hes not interested in actually swallowing the food!
I do nightfeeding with him still and wondered... if he is having breastmilk at 7pm, 10pm, 12am, 6am but not taking in milk during the day - will this be a problem? Any tips?
Im also worried because he has never been away from me or dad for that long. I will give it a trial run this Tuesday with my folks looking after him but worry because with his other grandoarents he gets extreme sep anxiety crying and crying until my husband and I pick him up - which is usually over an hour!
Any advice or tips would help - but cant do anything about cutting hours or days working.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:42 PM
Hi. Here are some links to the working and breastfeeding buddy group we had a few years back, which may help you -- we were called the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pump!
Here's part 2: http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...travelling+pump
Part 3: http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...travelling+pump
Part 4: http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...travelling+pump
Neither of my children would take a bottle. They were 6.5 and 8.5 months old when I returned to work. They just had to have solids and water in my absence and the breastfed a lot when I was around. This is called reverse cycling. The idea is that nobody stresses if a baby goes 12 hours without milk if they sleep all night, so why should they get stressy about it happening during the day (when the child has access to food and water)?
Obviously all babies are different, and I didn't have a premature baby so I have not practical experience in that area. I remember my older daughter had only started solids about three weeks before I went back to work and spent a lot of time having Farex that was basically liquid with breastmilk spooned into her.
Here are some other resources I have found: http://kellymom.com/category/bf/pumpingmoms/
This one is also good: http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_co...n&Itemid=17
I hope this helps. It really is fraught going back to work, but you and your baby are more resilient than you think you are. Good luck with it all.
Edited to fix links.
Edited by cinnabubble, 12 January 2013 - 07:48 PM.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:11 PM
My D was 9 months when I went back to work and yes, what she said happened. We'd have a big reconnect feed when I collected her from Childcare and she'd feed a lot more overnight (bigger, not necessarily more often). It worked out for us but ole the OP said, my DD declined to use a bottle and didn't get the hang of a sippy cup straight away.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:29 PM
My first child was in child care two days a week from 8am-5:20pm at 6 months old (although he was not premature). He was a chronic bottle refuser and was just fine for this period of time.
I gave him a top up BF when I dropped him off. I expressed and left EBM at child care. Although he wouldn't drink it from a bottle, the carers would
- mix it in with puree to make a super runny slop and spoon feed (he didn't take much to start with, but as he got more used to solids he had a fair bit of milk this way)
- spoon feed EBM directly
- give him sips from an open cup or free flow sippy cup
- syringe it in. I would provide oversized syringes from the chemist (50mL) and they would lie him back and syringe it in bit by bit. Sometimes he would suck on the syringe like a lollipop, but for the most part he was not impressed! However, especially in the days before he had a lot of solids, this was an excellent way of getting decent quantities of milk in to him.
He had a massive feed when I picked him up and snuck in extra breastfeeds overnight to make up for the lost quantity through the day. The extra breastfeeds overnight were tiring, but at least I knew he was getting what he needed within a 24 hour period. The extra breastfeeds overnight decreased as he got older and his natural intake through the day decreased as his solids increased.
I would make an appointment with the child care centre director and room leader in advance of your son starting and formulate a plan together to ensure his milk in take for the day is maximised. Child care workers are used to dealing with babies who refuse the bottle, but in my experience it was better to have everything planned out in advance.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:42 PM
I returned to work when DS1 was 9 months old. I was working a rotating roster, so was even away over night. He weaned just after his second birthday, so it can definitely work. He refused to have a bottle, but drank water and was much more interested in solids when I (or my boobs) weren't around. Good luck
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:07 PM
Hi, there is a pinned topic in the Breast feeding forum about combining work and breast feeding, it has lots of member stories and some are like yours, the link is below.
The other link is about alternative methods of feeding a breast fed baby, it includes bottles and other methods, it may be of assistance to you.
All the best with your plans and I'm sure something will work and your baby will get fed/hydrated and thrive
Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:18 PM
Thank you all for the comments - I had tears in my eyes reading them. I feel I can really do this. It is so encouraging! Thank you for the attached links. I love the forums referred - especially reading what other mothers did. The reverse cycling sounds like it could work. I will let you all know how I go. Once again, thanks for all the advice!!
Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:28 PM
A bit of a tangent ... but I am in the same situation and the only way my baby has taken bottles of EBM is by giving him a really small bottle, it is only 100mLs, it was actually a bottle I had in hospital for expressing breast milk into when he was a newborn. He can hold it easily and play with it which seems to have helped him take it when everything else failed for months. Not saying this would work for you, but I had never heard of trying this before so I thought I would put it out there on the net in case it helps anyone.
My baby has been settling into day care for a week now in preparation for my return to work on Monday. The first day I needed to settle him every half an hour, it was awful. When I went to get him on Thursday he was playing happily on the floor and smiled at me when I came in. He has had some EBM from a bottle at day care but not as much as he would normally feed, and has been feeding more at night.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:16 PM
Just thought I'd update everyone.
Since being back at work two and a half weeks ago, I am very happy to say that despite losing a bit of weight, my son is doing really well:
- he has taken to reverse cycle feeding with no complaints or problems. He does start to get a little fussy after ten hours but he is otherwise fine
- he takes more water and solids during the day
- he doesn't cry with the inlaws - but they share him with my husband when my husband is home early
- he does not cry when I leave and always has a huge smile when I come back home
I honestly believe the confidence and positiveness I felt after reading everyone's messages helped me to leave him from day one without showing any worries and this is why I think he adjusted immediately. It is true when people say babies just adapt and we shouldn't worry too much.
Thanks again all!
Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:29 PM
Awesome update! I'm so pleased it has gone well for all of you, it's such a stressful time and you've done really well.
All the best.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.
The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.
A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.
All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.
Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.
Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.
Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.
Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.
Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.
Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.
Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.
The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.
A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.
While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.
When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.
Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.
We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.
The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.
It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.
With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.
Top 5 Articles
Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"
A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.
Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.
Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.
I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.
A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.
A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.
It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?
To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.
When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.
A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.
New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.
To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.
Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.
We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.
More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.
What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.
Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.
Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.
Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration