Posted by: Tee | 2005/07/19


Breast feeding & working full time..URGENT

Hi guys,

I will be returning to work when my son is 3 and a 1/2 months old, he will be in a nursery while I am at work. So between 8h00 and 4h00 i will not be there for him.

Is it possible to carry on feeding if there is such a long break in between. I am planning to express some milk for him so he can have that when I am away or will it be necessary to feed him formula milk.

Is it safe to give the baby formula during my absence and breast milk when I am aroud, or will it confuse the baby's system?

Expert's Reply



Your last suggestion is quite alright and will be easier for you to do.

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Posted by: k | 2005/07/19

I agree with Sambinoct.

The best thing you could do is to train you baby to bottlefeed during the day whilst you are still at home. This was your breasts will also get used to producing a certain amount of milk per day and they won't leak as much and also the baby will get used to suckling from the bottle teat.

My baby is one of those babies that "starve themselves" she only drinks two to three bottles of 120ml formula during the day (she is seven months old), she will breast feed right through the night to make up.

Don't worry things will seem easier with time!

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Posted by: sambinoct | 2005/07/19

I recently returned to work and my son is 3 months old. What I did was started a while before I came back to get him to drink formula or a bottle at least. I feed him breast at night and in the moring before I leave for work. During the day he drinks formula milk. It's easier because otherwise you'll find yourself expressing 24 hrs a day to leave enough breast milk for him for the day. Just make sure he knows how to drink from a bottle teat. Some babies take a while to adjust from breast to bottle teat. So my baby has 2/3 formula bottles a day and the rest breast milk. Week-ends I feed him only breast milk.
When you return to work you might need to express at least once at work. But I find that if I feed him regularly at night and in the morning, I don't have to express.
Formula to try: NAN or S26 I hear is best.
But definitely try to give him a bottle whether it's breast or formula a while before you go back to work so he can learn how to suck a bottle teat or you might experience some problems. I know people who's baby starved himself all day till mommy came home and didn't want to take anything else but the breast. It's not so much the milk, it's the closeness they feel to mommy when they drink.
Good luck, it's a traumatic experience to go back to work though ... I'm still trying to adjust.

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