(Closed) Question for moms who breastfeed and work outside the home.

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have nothing to add but will be in the same situation in 2 months when the baby is sadly only 12 weeks old.  Looking forward to hearing what other moms have to say!

Post # 4
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I’m not a mom yet, but when I was visiting day care centers and asking about breastfeeding, many suggested using 4 oz rather than 8 oz bottles, simply because there are regulations about how long a bottle can be left out- for example, if you send Warren with an 8 oz bottle and he takes 4 oz, but doesn’t want the other 4 within the next hour or so, they are legally required to throw away that milk- they can’t put it back in the fridge and give it to him later. Whereas if you send in smaller bottles, there’s less of a potential for waste. I’d suggest checking with your daycare provider on exactly how the regulations work and how to best set him up so there’s as little chance as possible that they’d have to throw away any of your hard earned breastmilk!

(Disclaimer that I have no idea how much a 7 month old eats and if they’d totally be likely to eat 8 oz at once. Also, I’m not sure how specific these regulations are to my state, but I think it’s still a good idea to check with the day care).

Post # 5
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

From what I’ve read on several different blogs, babies eat about 16-24 ounces during the day while in daycare FT. I’d try to stock up a little before you change jobs, so you can leave extra at the day care and they can track how much he is eating at eat feeding over the first week or two.

I’ll be in this spot in June, when I go back to week after my 12 week maternity leave too!


Post # 6
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

It depends on the child, unfortunately!  I’m frequently gone for 10 to 12 hour days and our daughter at the most will drink 10 oz at that time and then will feed all night.  (Hello tired momma!)  Some days she’ll only drink 2-4 oz though.

What I’ve found is that when I pump at work, I’ll at least produce what she eats in the time that I’m gone, if not a little bit more… so it just seems to always work out.

Please also keep in mind that under age 1 food is just for fun, so don’t count on that decreasing Warren’s intake while you are gone.

Best of luck, I know it’s nerve wracking!

Post # 7
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

It definitely does depend on the child. My son eats every 3-4 hours and eats 5 oz at each feeding. I always pump the most earliest in the day but then it decreases as the day goes on. At the end of each work day I am usually a little short but I do make that up on the weekends just by pumping once or twice a day. 

I will say that we just recently started supplementing with formula, just doing half and half when I’m working. It really takes the pressure off and makes the whole situation easier to deal with. Don’t get stressed about it. If you do you will pump less. Do what you can and if you have to add a little formula here and there it isn’t the end of the world, they will still get all the benefits of your antibodies. 


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