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16/04/2013 at 13:16
Who's done it? How old were your LOs? Could you exclusively BF or did you have to top-up with formula? If expressing, did you build up a stash before?
I want to feed A on breastmilk until he's a year old, but also might want to go back to work sooner than that, and am trying to get my head round it all.
16/04/2013 at 13:24
By the time I went back work, C was 10.5 months and only on 1 feed during the day, so I'd BF him in the morning and at night on the days I was at work, and then send him with a bottle of EBM for in the daytime. I did try to build up a bit of a stash just in case there wasn't a chance for me to express on any particular day. Fortunately it was only just over a month until he started having cows milk for his daytime feed instead.
16/04/2013 at 15:38
Thanks Deedee, seems like it might actually be an option for me to go back at 9 months or so then. Need to get thinking...
16/04/2013 at 15:56
I bf A until she was 16 months and L until he as 13 months. I went back to work when they were each 6-7 months. I worked 12.5 hr shifts so would express 3-4 times during each shift and leave it for them for H to feed them. I'd feed them when I was home and they had ebm when I was working.
I also left both of them for weekends away when A was 4 months and L 5 months. I always had a stash of frozen ebm in the freezer and expressing just became part of my routine. I hated doing it but felt strongly I wanted them to have bm exclusively.
16/04/2013 at 16:25
Thanks LR, that's interesting. How were your employers with the expressing? Did you do it in unpaid breaks?
16/04/2013 at 16:33
I went back to work when T was 7 months and down to 1 feed during 'working hours'. I expressed at lunch time and T got that the next day. We also bought a few bottles of pre-made formula so it would be to hand if T needed a top-up. After about 6 weeks of this T started refusing his lunchtime bottle and eating more food for his lunch. I carried on expressing and used the EBM for his morning porridge. A few weeks after that I stopped expressing.
I'm fairly sure your right to express at work is protected by law and you should get a break to do it in. They also have to provide you with a private room (not a toilet!). Hopefully someone else will know more about that side of things though! xx
16/04/2013 at 17:00
Now that's something for me to investigate... I had no idea I might have some rights in regard to expressing. It's really good to read that other people have done this successfully, it really makes me feel better that this could be a real possibility for us
16/04/2013 at 17:07
Yes you have rights. I was given extra breaks to express whenever suited me and given the keys to an empty office to use. My boss was great and never questioned me at all. I had a box in the communal fridge for keeping the ebm until the end of the day. I'd sit and read a magazine while expressing!
16/04/2013 at 17:39
I went back to work when I was 7 months. She was still on around 3 feeds during the day. I was really lucky that my work have been fantastic with regard to me expressing. I'm a teacher & was set up an area in the medical room with a super soft chair & a sign on the door for no one to come in whilst I was in there. Initially I would pump 3 or 4 times on the 2 days I was in & my daughter would then drink that at nursery. I also pumped sometimes in the evenings as I teach a drama class on a sat night & am in an adults drama group so my H fed her on those occasions. Now that she's 14 months for the last month she hasn't been drinking breast milk during the day so I can finally stop pumping (very happy about this as it is a bit of a faff!) but very glad I was able to carry on breast feeding. To be honest after about 11 months there were some days where she didn't drink any milk all day & was fine with it but I always wanted it there for her just in case. Good luck x
16/04/2013 at 17:48
Thank you LR and Blackkat. It's great that your employers have been so understanding. I work in quite a female-dominated environment but there are only a few mothers (of babies/small children I mean, there are some older ladies who have grown kids) so hopefully my employers will be good about it too.
16/04/2013 at 21:18
I hope that they're understanding Saisi x
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