Working in formula during the workweek

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Working in formula during the workweek

Postby Hikergirl » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:30 am

So, I have been back to work for about 6 weeks and my LO is almost 6 months old. I have reduced from 3 pumping sessions a day down to 2 a day and am supplementing what I pump each day with my frozen stash. So far, no problems.

My stash will probably run out in another month, and I also know I will need to eventually reduce down to once a day pumping as work gets busier. Then, I will bring in formula to mix with the BM. I still hope to nurse when I am with her in the mornings, evenings, and weekends for as long as possible.

So, my question for you lovely ladies is, does anyone know if my supply will be sufficient to keep this up, especially on the weekends to feed her more frequently if she desires? Or will I need to supplement with formula then, too? She will be at least 7 months old when this happens, and eating a reasonable selection of solids, so maybe it won't be an issue?

I haven't had any supply problems at all thus far. I just don't know what to expect, since I weaned my son over the course of only a few weeks when he was 8 months old.

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Postby LaraE » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:47 am

Hi!

From my experience, when my LO was about that age, I wasn't pumping enough at work to get her through the day while she was at daycare, so my daycare provider did have to supplement some with Formula (about half and half) but I always pumped twice per day at work.

As long as you continue to BF her frequently while you are with her, I don't think you'll have any issues. I worried too that I wasn't producing enough and often on weekends, by the end of the day, I would feel rather "empty" and I worried she wasn't getting enough, but it seems she was.
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Postby jessm » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:02 am

I don't always pump enough to get DS through the day and do supplement with formula during the day. However, I pump 3x a day at work still. But I have plenty to nurse him on the weekends. I guess its a wait and see thing. Some people have a more sensitive supply than others.
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Postby fodla » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:18 pm

Personally I was not willing to use any formula at all as I really hate the stuff, but I think by this point your supply should be fine. However, if you notice it dropping, you'll have to make a decision as to what's more important to you. Good luck!
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Postby Hikergirl » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:47 am

Thanks! I guess all I can do is give it a shot, and I'm sure she'll let me know if she isn't getting enough. I want to continue to give her the benefits, but I'm definitely coming into a period of "somethings gotta give."
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Postby jessm » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:49 am

fodla wrote:Personally I was not willing to use any formula at all as I really hate the stuff, but I think by this point your supply should be fine. However, if you notice it dropping, you'll have to make a decision as to what's more important to you. Good luck!


I felt the same way, but was unable to pump enough. I really pained over the choice to use formula, but had no choice. Sadly its not always an option.
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Postby LaraE » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:59 am

I agree Jess.
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Postby fodla » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:12 pm

I know...we had to use it for the first month.

It really sucks that you guys don't get the year of mat leave in the States that we do in Canada.
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Postby LaraE » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:44 pm

Fodla, i agree!
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Postby jessm » Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:12 am

it makes me want to move to Canada fodla. If only it wasn't so cold there lol
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Postby Hikergirl » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:32 am

Yeah, it is super frustrating that BF was going well, but that work has to come into play and ruin it. I do wish the US would wise up. We couldn't afford for me to stay home any longer and risk losing my job. I make more than DH by a fair amount. I've just got to approach it one day at a time...
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Postby jessm » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:41 am

Hikergirl wrote:Yeah, it is super frustrating that BF was going well, but that work has to come into play and ruin it. I do wish the US would wise up. We couldn't afford for me to stay home any longer and risk losing my job. I make more than DH by a fair amount. I've just got to approach it one day at a time...


It does suck. I am mostly working for health insurance. I had to go back or we would start getting billed almost 2000/month for the health insurance policy. Sigh. But we need health insurance, obviously.
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