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#1 lucky 2

Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:08 AM

Hi all original.gif ,

I thought I'd open a thread for members to share their experience of managing exclusive bfing and returning to work.
There can be many concerns when women look ahead to this separation, how will bub cope, how will I cope, can I express, should I use formula, what if bub wont take a bottle, on and on it goes, it can be a very stressful time for many (if not most) women.
This is so for all women irrespective of feeding method, but for the mother of an exclusively bf bub there is the added fear of "how to feed my baby" as bub has only had milk directly from the breast.
These concerns can remain even if bub has commenced solids.

If you would like to share I can pin this topic at a later date so members approaching this challenging time  will be able to read through the experiences of women who have already successfully negotiated this path.

Information you might like to include:-

Number of working days per week-

Age of baby on return to work
-

Baby's diet- ie exclusively bf
                          - bf with introduction of solids- no of meals and size of meals

Any preparation before starting work?


How was baby fed in your absence?

How did you manage your breasts at work? ie expressing or not, what type of pump, once or more a day

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?

If you want to add extra information please do so, I may have missed some important bits of information to share.

Thanking you in advance original.gif ,

luckytwo, Moderator of this forum


I have pinned this thread, please add to it with your experiences as I'm sure it will make interesting reading for other members.

Internet resources for Breast feeding and Working-
https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-info/br...till-breastfeed
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bf-links-pumping.html
http://breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/return-to-work.html
http://www.tresillian.net/tresillian-tips/...ng-to-work.html
http://www.breastfeedingfriendly.com.au/

Edited by lucky 2, 25 September 2012 - 10:01 PM.


#2 IVL

Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:29 AM

More than happy to reply to this as I asked these questions when returning to work with my DD.

Number of working days per week-
5, very full time

Age of baby on return to work-
10 months (DH stayed at home with her for 2 months then we did a comination of daycare, grandma and a nanny).

Baby's diet- ie exclusively bf
- bf with introduction of solids- no of meals and size of meals
DD was eating solids very well by this age, mostly finger foods

Any preparation before starting work?
Tried to express and stock pile some EBM but this was difficult as I couldn't express large amounts and DD did not like to drink EBM.

How was baby fed in your absence?
Solids and water. DD would not drink from a bottle but was quite happy with a straw cup, I think the Pigeon MagMag from memory. She would drink cows milk or water as she refused EBM and formula.

How did you manage your breasts at work? ie expressing or not, what type of pump, once or more a day
First few days I was qute uncomfortable and hand expressed when it got too much. I was very ready for a feed come home time as was DD. Mondays I was also quite uncomfortable for the first weeks after allowing DD to demand feed on weekends, but after a while my breasts seemed to adjust to not only the time of day but also to what day of the week it wasand whether I was working or home with DD (aren't breasts clever!)

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?
We carried on as usual and demand fed when I was at home on weekends, by about 12 months DD was having 3 feeds a day and whenever she woke at night. We then went to a morning and bedtime feed and I weaned her when I went away on a business trip at 18 motnhs (I had attempted to do this when she younger, about 13 months and she was fine whilst I was away but she got quite frantic when I returned so I gave in). Second time around she never asked or indicated she wanted the breast again when I returned.

#3 lucky 2

Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:31 AM

Excellent IVL, thanks!

#4 =R2=

Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:39 AM

This was with DD2 nearly 3 years ago now but here goes:

Number of working days per week
2

Age of baby on return to work 11 months

Baby's diet Solids 3x a day, water in sippy cup and breastfed/EBM 3 times a day

Any preparation before starting work Bought a breastpump and started storing EBM from about 6 months of age.

How was baby fed in your absence? EBM in a bottle + solids + water in a sippy cup

How did you manage your breasts at work? Expressed twice per shift with my Medela Pump In Style Double Pump (only took 10 minutes at a time). I did night shifts so my breasts were full when I got home ready for the first morning feed.

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work? No. She self-weaned.

#5 papilio

Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:45 AM

For those wanting information on expressing, I have a huge word doc 30+ pages, full of tips and hints on expressing.  If you'd like me to send it to you, please PM me your email address.

original.gif Candi

#6 wallofdodo

Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:50 AM

Baby was 7 months when I returned.

4 days a week

He had started solids, 3 meals a day. Was almost fully Breast fed, had previously had formula top ups, but this had stopped with the introduction of solids.

During the day he had two bottles of formula, and meals. BF on return home, over night and morning before work.

I had a room where I could express. I replaced the two feeds with pumping. I kept this up for 2 weeks until my boobs adjusted.

My original plan was to drop the 2 bottles for the 3 days I was home and feed, however this didn't really work. On the first day I felt he wasn't getting enough milk, then by the Monday, I was fully supplied and incredibly uncomfortable at work. So in the end I kept the 2 bottles pattern up when I was home.

My supply was fine and adjusted quite well to the pattern, we continued to feed until the week of his first birthdays. He weaned himself, slowly dropping a feed at a time.

First he wasn't interested in the evening feed, then he stopped waking overnight, then in the morning he was more interested in his wheatbix than me!

I was quite happy with how it all panned out.


#7 Fienna

Posted 25 January 2011 - 10:08 AM

Number of working days per week 3 days per week, leave the house at 7am and get home around 5pm. Bub is at home with DH.

Age of baby on return to work 8 months

Baby's diet Breastfeeding 5-6 times a day (inc. 1-2 at night) and BLW. Some days he eats a lot of solids, others very little.

Any preparation before starting work? About 1 month before returning to work I started expressing a small amount (30ml) once per day and freezing it. This helped me know that I could express, and also built up a stock of milk for my first day back. I also went to an ABA Breatsfeeding and Return to Work session. We also made sure bub was able to drink water from a sippy cup

How was baby fed in your absence? Mainly on solids and water. He won't take milk from a bottle (so wouldn't have taken formula either) and so far we've had no luck with cups etc. either. A little EBM on his breakfast cereal is about all we've managed. I was very anxious about it at first, but he's been fine not having milk during the day so now I'm less worried. Although I do hope we'll get to use all the EBM I'm freezing!

How did you manage your breasts at work? ie expressing or not, what type of pump, once or more a day Expressing using a double electric pump (Ameda Purely Yours - I tried hand pumps but could barely get any milk out). I started out pumping twice a day, as that was the number of feeds bub was missing. Bub would feed at around 5-6am at home, I pumped at around 10 then around 2, then fed bub again when I got home at 5pm. But I've now found that if I pump once at work (around 11:30) I can get the same amount of milk as pumping twice. It takes me around 30 minutes to pump 400 ml (200 ml from each side) compared to 20 minutes from two sessions, but I save time in the preparation and clean-up afterwards. I use a dual-pumping bustier which holds the pump in place and also provides compression which helps to increase the milk output. I find if I pump on a higher suction level (just under discomfort level) I can get more milk.

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work? I've only been back two weeks but I've not found any issues with my supply or managing breastfeeding when not at work. Some nights bub will wake more often for a feed, other nights he's actually sleeping better! I have noticed that he spends more time comfort sucking though, but that's OK - more cuddles for me!

I'll come back and add more if I think of anything else! original.gif

ETA:
- When I get home from work bub is very keen on a feed - sucking my shoulder when I pick him up and trying to latch on through my clothes when we sit down together. My supply and storage capacity is large, so in the past he's usually only ever wanted one side per feed, but the first feed when I get home he wants both sides.
- I usually feed bub to sleep, so was a little concerned about DH getting him to sleep, but there have been no problems. DH just cuddles him for about 5 minutes in a dark room with the sleepy music playing, then puts him in his bed and he falls asleep quite quickly.
- I'd say that bub is probably starting to want 1 extra feed per day on the days when I'm home. I haven't noticed this causing engorgement problems at work yet, but I wear breast pads just in case
- To help my let down when expressing I have some pictures of bub, especially ones where he's feeding, and an item of clothing that he's worn recently so it smells like him

Edited by Susil, 25 January 2011 - 10:47 AM.


#8 lucky 2

Posted 25 January 2011 - 04:58 PM

Thank you all for your responses, it shows we all manage somehow!
Keep them coming! tthumbs.gif

#9 deejie

Posted 25 January 2011 - 07:24 PM

Good idea Luckytwo! I'm happy to share my experience because DS was tricky in several ways.....

Number of working days per week-2

Age of baby on return to work-6.5m

Baby's diet- 2 solid meals a day (baby lead weaning). Allergies to cow's milk protein,  egg, oats and mild allergies to wheat/soy diagnosed at 6m of age. Breastfed, refuses the bottle & refused prescription elemental formula (nasty, horrid smelly stuff!) Re-tested at 12m and got the all clear for wheat/soy but had developed allergy to sesame.

Any preparation before starting work? I started expressing 3 times a day for a month in advance to build up an enormous freezer stash of EBM. Tried in desperation for him to take the bottle, every trick in the book. Fail fail fail. I had a preparation chat with the centre co-ordinator about how to handle a baby who required feeding through the day with EBM only who refused a bottle which was very reassuring.

How was baby fed in your absence? I would BF DS when I dropped him off at 8am. I provided childcare with EBM in 50mL lots which they stored in their freezer. They would spoon feed, use an open cup or syringe it in to DS outside of solid meal times. I was happy for them to mix EBM through purees and forgo the BLW at childcare, because this was the best way to ensure he had large volumes of milk. Eating with a spoon at child care had no effect on our BLW at home. I would BF him when I picked him up at 5pm.

How did you manage your breasts at work?
I expressed at my normal feed times with an Avent electric pump (single sided), which was quick for me because DS refused my left side from about 5m of age so by the time I started work there was nothing on the left to pump anyway! I've always been a terrible expresser volume wise. By 11m of age I was expressing 20-30mL a session and my freezer stash was gone, so from then on he went to child care just with solids and water.

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?
Because I was a terrible expresser, I always felt "full" on work days. DS would often want an extra feed overnight on work days as well. Overall, I noticed no decrease in supply and he is still feeding happily 2-3 times a day at 19m.














#10 louise3now4

Posted 25 January 2011 - 07:33 PM


Number of working days per week-

2.5, 2 one week, 3 the next alternating.
Age of baby on return to work
-
11.5 months until 19 months

Baby's diet- ie exclusively bf
                          - bf with introduction of solids- no of meals and size of meals

bf with limited solids, but breast milk was the primary food source for her, feeding at least 6-8 times during the day and night. She was not having any cows milk at that stage, as she didn't like it.
Any preparation before starting work?

Nothing. I could get 240ml from one breast without even trying.  

How was baby fed in your absence?
Given two - three expressed bottles of milk during the day by my mother. Fed by me just before departing in the morning, and then practically as I was walking back through the door at night.
How did you manage your breasts at work? ie expressing or not, what type of pump, once or more a day
I took a pump and freezer bag to work. They provided me with a quiet room with a lock on the door and a computer to surf on whilst I was pumping and I left my milk in the fridge at work without any comments or jokes being made. The expressed milk I took home and froze for the next day or week.
Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?

None whatsoever. She continued feeding after I left work when she was 19 months and actually still fed until she was 4 years and 11 months.


#11 Leha

Posted 25 January 2011 - 07:38 PM

Thank you for creeating this topic. I am returning to work in a few weeks and a little worried. DS is 6mths and fully bf but on 3 solid meals a day. He is not great with the bottle but I have been getting DP to give him a bottle every few days so he is getting better.

I really want to BF for another 6 mths so hoping I can make it work.

Anyway will be reading with interest.

Leah

#12 ShoshieRu

Posted 25 January 2011 - 07:50 PM

I went back to work when DD was 2 months old; DH was at home.

Number of working days per week-


4-5 days, from about 9am to 4pm.

Age of baby on return to work-
2 months old.

Baby's diet- ie exclusively bf
For first four months after returning to work, still exclusively b/f. Started solids with gusto at 6 months.

Any preparation before starting work?

No. I did know that I had a good supply though.

How was baby fed in your absence?

I would feed her before leaving, and then DH who was SAHP would give her 2-3 bottles of EBM during the day. Would give her a feed as soon as I came home.

I expressed at night; I could get enough for two full feeds in one sitting using a Medela electric double pump.

How did you manage your breasts at work? ie expressing or not, what type of pump, once or more a day

I didn't bother trying to express at work. I worked at a university which loudly and proudly proclaimed that it was 'Employer of Choice for Women' but didn't offer anywhere in the way of facilities. The fridge at work was always in a shocking state and I just felt uncomfortable about leaving bottles of EBM in there - the so-called enlightened boys' club wouldn't have coped.

I do recall at least one lecture, thinking that all the students were being super attentive and then looking down and seeing that I was leaking! I wore breastpads after that! And on the bus home after work I would cop a few good looks from guys on the bus; my boobs would be huge!

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?

No impact at all. DD would happily feed with me when I returned home, and would feed exclusively from me on the weekends, and would then resume her routine of EBM in bottles on weekdays.

I did stop breastfeeding at 12 months though, and now that I am still happily feeding DS at 18 months I know that I stopped b/f DD so early because of work. But hey ... 12 months is still great!

I'm looking for part time work at the moment but already feeling a little nervous about how DS will go - he loves his mama and our breastfeeding times - we'll see!

#13 JupitersMoon

Posted 25 January 2011 - 08:09 PM

Number of working days per week-5 days, gone 6 hours a day.

Age of baby on return to work
-7 months. She stays home with DP.

Baby's diet- bf with 2 solid meals a day, increased to 3 meals (more like 2 meals and a snack really) when starting work

Any preparation before starting work? tried to build up a supply of EBM for about 2 months prior, but i could never get much so i ended up with only about a week's worth for 1 feed a day. Also had a couple of days of DP trying to give DD a bottle of EBM but she didnt drink much.

How was baby fed in your absence? mainly solids as she won't drink much from the bottle, after a few weeks she is drinking anywhere from 20-90ml of ebm in my absence, but doesn't seem as upset about it as i thought she would be. we are using pigeon bottle which is now the only one she will take.

How did you manage your breasts at work? express once a day in my break, using avent electric pump. i can still only get 60-90ml when pumping, but since she doesnt drink much it doesnt matter.  I have a carspace at work so i pump sitting in my car!! its comfy and more private than anywhere else at my workplace.

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work? so far (3 weeks in), no, none at all. I bf on demand when home, have not had a supply problems and she still loves her boobie tongue.gif

Also i keep milk in avent storage containers, in the fridge in one of those lunch box cooler bags with icepacks in it (i have a long drive home so i need the icepacks to keep it cool on the way home).

#14 squirt80

Posted 25 January 2011 - 08:18 PM

More than happy to share
Number of working days per week-5

Age of baby on return to work-3 months

Baby's diet- When I first returned to work DS was on only breast milk and I was expressing 80ml per feed genrally in the period I was away he had two feeds and I feed him prior to leaving him and immediatly after picking him up, At six months we introduced soilds and DS had two feeds of 120ml a feed.
at 9 months he was having one bottle of 180 mls, at this point I decided to mix feed and he had one bottle of formula during the day when I was away and breast milk in morning and night and on weekends. I am still feeding DS is now 18 months and he has BF at night and in morning

Any preparation before starting work?
I did stock up on extra milk and kept it frozen and read the Australian Breastfeeding Associations guides on expressing and how much.

How was baby fed in your absence?
He was fed with a bottle

How did you manage your breasts at work?
I expressed at lunch in my supervisors office, my advice is to talk to your employer and ask then for a and comfortable place to breast feed. I took a little esky with me with an ice brick to keep my breast milk in for the day and refridgerator as soon as I arrived home.
I orginally used a manual pump which was fine for the first 3 months as I had ample milk, after three months of expressing I used a double eletric pump, in additon to pumping at work I also pumped at 9.30 at night to gain enough milk for feeds.

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?
Expressing did no effect my supply or cause me any problems with my breasts as a result of working and breast feeding in fact I have continued breast feeding longer than my friends who were stay at home mums.

It did get tiring and there was moments when I felt like I should just give him the bottle but I am so glad that I continued. He and I have a lovley bond and I felt like feeding him at the end of the day was such a nice way to reconnect.

Edited by squirt80, 26 January 2011 - 06:38 PM.


#15 nen-c

Posted 25 January 2011 - 08:47 PM


Number of working days per week-2 days, gone 8ish hours a day.

Age of baby on return to work-7 months. He is either at home with MIL or at my cousin's house.

Baby's diet- bf with 3 solid meals a day

Any preparation before starting work? I expressed and froze milk and tried to encourage more consistent bottle feeding from DS. Prior to starting work he was very hit and miss, would refuse or drink up to 50ml in one sitting.

How was baby fed in your absence? I would give him a bf and solid brekky before I left for work and then leave 2 bottles of 100ml EBM each. In the first week or 2 he only took about 1/4th of the milk I left, (and was starving when I returned) but he then gradually started taking more until he was drinking about 80ml of each botttle. He was also having a solid meal at lunchtime.

How did you manage your breasts at work? express once a day, using avent manual pump. I was offered the use of a sick bay (when vacant) or a shower cubicle, I took the latter as it is closer to my office and is a relatively large and private room. I generally express about 200-250 ml in 10-15 mins. My DS always has a big BF when I get home, otherwise I would need to express a 2nd time as well (and I think if I was working a more than 2 days I would probably get an electric pump and express 2x per day). The milk goes in a freezer at work and I take it home in an esky with freezer blocks.

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work? No, so far so good.




#16 tntisme

Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:37 PM

6 days a week... own business when bub 8 weeks old...

i expressed... handed him to clients... they fed him

was fed until 12 mths old.

hand expressed with avent breast pump.

all went well.

now have a very confident outspoken 5 yr old,

#17 madles

Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:56 AM

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Edited by madles, 03 November 2013 - 12:43 PM.


#18 lucky 2

Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:37 PM

I'm bumping this thread to give members a chance to respond, with the intention on making this a pinned thread.
Thanks for the responses so far original.gif.

#19 meljb

Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:53 PM

im heading back to work on Monday so it's interesting to read other's experiences. DD started child care 2 weeks ago. So far for us:

Number of working days per week-2

Age of baby on return to work- 9mths

Baby's diet- BLW 3 meals a day plus snacks when needed. bf on demand, usually 5 times a day, sometimes 6 (incl o'night)

Any preparation before starting work? As I know expressing is not practical at work I have spent the last 6 weeks trying to find a formula that DD will drink and slowly re-introducing her to the bottle (she went off it for several months after initally being happy to drink from it) during the day.

How was baby fed in your absence? She eats solids at morning and afternoon tea and lunch time and is offered 2 bottles of formula. To date at day care the most she has drunk from a bottle was 100mls over the course of a day.

How did you manage your breasts at work?
Im hoping my breasts have adjusted suffcicently now so that i'll be able to manage the separation from 7:45am until 5pmish without an issue. Should create some interesting moments in my last period yr 9 classes if they haven't adjusted  tongue.gif

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?
So far no impact on supply. DD feeds at about 5am and then I bf her anytime from 4pm onwards. She feeds again before bed and then at least once overnight (the last couple of nights it's been 2 or 3 times). Im hoping to keep feeding her morning and night (without the overnight feeds soon please  hands.gif ) until at least 14mths


#20 liveworkplay

Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:56 PM

Ive done this 3 times so here goes:

Number of working days per week- 3, 2 and 2 respectively. I however, work shift work and aon call so I ddi have occasions when I had the potential to be away from my baby from Friday morning until monday evening.

Age of baby on return to work- 12 mths, 10.5 mths 8 mths.

Baby's diet-
- bf with introduction of solids-

Any preparation before starting work? no

How was baby fed in your absence?

expressed milk from sippy cups for DD1 and DD2 and bottle for DD3.
How did you manage your breasts at work?  I expressed before work and at lunch times. With DD3 I also expressed in the begining in the mornings as well. DD1 I used an Advent hand pump, DD2 a pigeon elctric pump that I got second hand and DD3 a Medulla swing which was fabulous for frequent expressing and the most successful of the three.

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work? None. DD2 dropped to 2 feeds quite quickly (she was on 3 when she started) DD3 is still bf at 20 mths and when not working she can have up to a dozen bf in a 24hr peroiod, when working she now is on cows milk from a cup.


#21 lucky 2

Posted 01 February 2011 - 09:17 PM

Hi folks,

One more bump to see if anyone would like to share their experiences before I pin this thread.

Thank-you to all who have shared their personal experience of combining breast feeding and working outside of the home.



#22 First and excited

Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:58 PM

Number of working days per week-
3 days a week

Age of baby on return to work-
3 months old

Baby's diet- ie exclusively bf - bf with introduction of solids- no of meals and size of meals
Initially exclusively bf until 4 months.
Then slowly built up solids - started with amount equivalent to 1/4 banana and now at 7 months - 3 meals of solids equivalent 2/4 banana.

Any preparation before starting work?
Expressed for about a month to build up stock of EBM as baby would be in daycare for two feeds during the day. Also put baby on a routine so that I could have breastfeeding breaks during the work day at certain times and for baby to know when to expect a feed. I started the routine at 6 weeks.

How was baby fed in your absence?
Gave EBM to be fed from a bottle.

How did you manage your breasts at work? ie expressing or not, what type of pump, once or more a day
I only expressed for one day, expressed at 11am and 3pm when baby usually had his feed and it took up to 30 minutes to drain both breasts using the Medela Swing.
After that first day, went into daycare to feed him as it was taking 30 min to feed him anyway so there was no difference in expressing or going to feed him.

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?
No impact at all initially but I was careful to ensure I always continued to breastfeed him regularly and at the same times every day. Now at 7 months, my supply seems to be dropping but I don't think that working and breastfeeding is the cause for this.

Edited by First and excited, 02 February 2011 - 07:59 PM.


#23 Love_Evie

Posted 14 February 2011 - 04:57 PM

Hi Everybody,

My baby is 12 weeks old and my boss has is in desperate need of staff and would love for me to come back one day a week for 6 hours for 200...im a hairdresser, this is v good money!

Would love any tips. I have a v good milk supply, do I have to express at work to maintain it since it is one day a week? Being a hairdresser I only just have time to eat and drink at work!

I feel like it would be a great daddy daughter day, good for DH to get more hands on experience feeding settling etc.

Is it too soon? I dont NEED to go back, but it is a good offer... too much to think about.

I have tried expressing multiple time with the Avent manual and I have struggled to get much every time..any tips on expressing?

I wasnt planning on going back until she was 6 months and weaned to formula/solids.

Number of working days per week- 1

Age of baby on return to work
- about 4 months

Baby's diet- only breastfed

Any preparation before starting work? na


How was baby fed in your absence? EBM

How did you manage your breasts at work? ??

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?


#24 SuezS

Posted 17 March 2011 - 04:31 PM

Number of working days per week- 2

Age of baby on return to work- about 6 months

Baby's diet - baby led weaning breastfed

Any preparation before starting work?
- had some ebm in the freezer

How was baby fed in your absence?
EBM by DH

How did you manage your breasts at work - Expressed twice per day at about 11am and 3pm using a double electric pump, took 15 minutes

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work? - no

#25 tntisme

Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:37 PM

Number of working days per week- 6 days fulltime. 50 hours per week.

Age of baby on return to work- 8 weeks (but bub on site with me)

Baby's diet- exclusively breastfed

Any preparation before starting work? no i found out on the sunday that i had to start work on the monday... bought a breast pump (avent isis manual pump)  & went to work LOL

How was baby fed in your absence? hand bottle & baby to someone & they would feed it for me!

How did you manage your breasts at work? at approx feed times i had expressing breaks of 15 minutes.  I was a good cow LOL.  I would express a double feed in a sitting... he would be fed one & i would freeze the other.... gave me a great store of milk for adding to food when introducing solids & also kept my supply up in a highly stressful period of my life!

Any impact on bfing, supply and managing bfing when not at work?  we had some dramas with attachment from bottle to breast.  we solved this by making sure the avent teat went far back into his mouth & he was actually attaching to the wider part of the teat, not just sucking on the end... if let just suck on the end he would mash my nipple at the next feed!  continued to feed whenever i was not working.

I successfully continued to breastfeed for 12 months when he self weaned.

hope this helps inspire someone!!! it can be done with a positive attitude & commitment.

The only thing that would have been handy was a second pump as when i had to express twice in a shift i had to ask staff to wash & steralise the pump before the next pumping session... lucky i am the boss & i had great supportive staff!




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A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Those special moments of sibling bonding

Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

Love has nothing to do with mental illness. But love may drive a mother to do something about it.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

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Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
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Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong'

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

Two children who were given to the wrong families at birth will soon learn if they will be returned to their biological parents.

 

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On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
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