Jump to content

Expressing and work

  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 Felix101

Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

I started back at work this week, three days (in a row) a week.    

DS (eight months old) is at daycare from 8-5.30 he doesn't take a bottle, and despite trying sippy cups and normal cups, is not really having any expressed breast milk (nothing like slaving away over a breast pump for it to go down the sink... Again... And again...argh!!).

I've been expressing twice a day at work to keep up my milk stocks and supply. Normally I can express really quickly, but whilst I'm getting a reasonable amount out, it's taking a long time, that I don't really have to spare at work.

Given that he hardly touches the milk, I don't really need to keep milk stocks up. So I'm thinking of just expressing once a day - is this likely to really impact my supply?

My boobs haven't been getting very full at work either, so I dont need to worry about the comfort factor...

#2 lucky 2

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:40 PM

Hi, he can build supply up again when you come off your 3 days of work and if he feeds a lot in the evening/overnight you will be fine. He'll tell your breasts what to do, let him take the lead!
Perhaps ask if the carers can mix some milk into his food otherwise could you keep the expressed milk for you to add to his food at home, it doesn't seem ideal to tip it out.
All the best.

#3 cinnabubble

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

You'll be fine. Neither of my kids would take a bottle. I expressed once a day for comfort and supply, which I made progressively later in the day until I didn't need to do it any more and supply was fine.

Just because I can, there are heaps of work and breastfeeding resources in this thread: http://www.essentialkids.com.au/forums/ind...1044857&hl=

#4 Felix101

Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:18 PM

Thanks so much lucky and cinna!

Efs original.gif

Edited by Felix101, 17 January 2013 - 07:38 PM.

#5 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:59 PM

I switched from 2 expressing sessions to 1 to replace 2 feeds, and (because he was actually drinking the stuff) made up the difference with a session about 1.5 hours after the bedtime feed (right before I went to bed).  

It made a huge difference at work, suddenly I started feeling like I had enough hours in a day.  

But don't waste the EBM.  Use it in his cereal/porridge.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


'He said what?': partners' worst pregnancy clangers

Women have been sharing the worst things their partners have said to them while pregnant, and trust us they're bad.

'Cafe's babycino ban makes no sense'

It's an insult to families and bad for business.

The importance of welcoming everyone into your 'mum tribe'

"Not everyone has the luxury of a village." 

How to have a healthy vegetarian pregnancy

Q: Is it possible to have a healthy vegetarian or vegan pregnancy?

The 200 most popular baby names of 2017

Here are the most searched names so far this year.

Dirt is good for children, study confirms

Great news for grubby kids.

How dare anyone accuse a mum of 'milking' a miscarriage

A heartless comment from a stranger shocked the already devastated radio host Em Rusciano.

How breast milk can help relieve your baby's teething pain

Try one mum's simple parenting hack to ease your baby's discomfort.

Top 10 common health myths busted

To help combat the misinformation and spread good health, here are the most common health myths compared to fact.


Top 5 Articles


From our network

Five things you need to know about flu and pregnancy

As the 2017 flu season begins in earnest, here?s what you need to know to protect yourself and baby.

Mum tips to keep your pre-baby budget in check

Money might be funny in a rich man's world (or so ABBA told us), but for the rest of us it's a major consideration – particularly before having a baby.

5 easy ways to make your maternity leave last longer

Maternity leave is a special time for you, your partner and your new little bundle. The last thing you want is for financial worries to stand in the way of that joy.

10 ways to keep your 'buying for baby' costs down

Becoming a parent is full of surprises – not least of all finding out that, for such small beings, babies cause a lot of chaos and expense.

5 ways to prepare to go from two incomes to one

Here are some ideas for getting that budget in shape, ready for being a one income family.


Baby Names

Need some ideas?

See what names are trending this year.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.