Question by Heidi:
I need some tips on high maintenance baby and returning to work.?

my son is 16 wks old. i thought i could stay home, but finances are getting too tight and im forced to go back to 3rds. we cosleep because hes so difficult to stay asleep and he nurses 1-3 times in the middle of the night. breastfeeding is important and i may be able to pump once at work. dad cant put him to sleep so he may be staying with grandma some nights. its hard enough to get him to nap. on top of all this, he is having a hard time taking a bottle and his dad is so impatient. i need some tips from other moms that were forced to go back on how to smooth the transition. help!


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Answer by wywy
i’m so sorry to hear that. is there a way you can wait until he is 6 months?
the reason why i asked is if you only pump once at work your milk supply will drop dramatically unless you nurse him during the day and pump too. also did you think about starting solids and getting him used to the bottle first before you go back to work?
you do not wanna be working and being worried he is not eating.
it is a very hard situation and ypu are not alone.
good luck to both of you.

Answer by jester
my son will be 4 months in a few days. he is also high maintenance due to acid reflux. i also just returned to work last week. you need to have a speak to husband/boyfriend, he needs to learn how to help u take care of baby. you cant do it all and work. also, speak to your employer about how u are breastfeeding and you need to take a few breaks to pump. nowadays it is so common and most companies are so understanding. u will be ok in a few days, just get help from the father. it is 2007 not 1950. men have to help these days. i had the same speak with my husband when i had to return to work. good luck and stay positive.

Answer by Shaz
You should research the laws in your say – many says require employers to give regular pumping breaks.
At 16 wks, if he doesn’t care for a bottle, you may be able to give him certain types of sippy cups instead; some of the “transitional” ones, like Avent makes.
I would also recommend getting him on a regular routine, and try to work with his daddy; he needs to step up and be a man, ;) this is his baby too!
“The Baby Whisperer” has good advice about routines – that may help with nap times and bed times – if he has a regular routine, it will be easier for him to cope with other people caring for him if they are following the same routine each time.
I would also encourage you to nurse (and pump) as long as you can – that is one thing you can give your baby no one else can, and it is a great way to reconnect after being apart.
Good luck, mama.

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