I'm a FTM due end of June. I plan to go back to work probably mid Sept (when the daycare has first opening) so baby will be around 12 weeks old. I want to breast feed but once i return to work, I will probably only be able to pump at lunch. The bad thing is i currently work around 11 hours/day. I could probably work out pumping to and from work but getting in extra pumps besides lunch will be hard unless we are having a slow day (which i can't predict). I work for a small business so i'm already not getting paid for maternity leave. I'm sure they would be ok with me pumping more often (i'm hourly so would have to clock out, which is no big deal), but from the sample schedules i've seen of times of day to pump, we are usually really busy at those times. So, l said all that to ask my questions:
1.how feasible would it be to assume i might be able to only pump on my commutes and at lunch (approx 5-6 hour gaps)? I'm totally ok with supplementing with formula if necessary.
2. How exactly does "supplementing" work? Do you add formula to bottle of breast milk or do you substitute a separate bottle of formula in between bottles of pumped milk? (thinking specifically when i return to work.)
3. I want DH to be able to help feed so when is a good time to introduce the bottle?
4. On the subject of pumping on your commute....i don't have tinted windows and am a very shy kind of person. So how exactly are you able to get this done without everyone that sits next to you at the red light knowing what you are doing? Do you just put a nursing cover over you?
Sorry guys, i know these questions probably think omg this chic is crazy, but please help a FTM get herself organized and have a plan.....at least on paper!