back to work - breast vs formula
February 21, 2014 12:08 PM Subscribe
My 6 week old daughter will be starting daycare next month (at 2.5 months old) - what should she eat at daycare? We are currently breastfeeding, I don't really want to stop, but there are some major logistical issues with pumping at work..
posted by annie o to Health & Fitness (33 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Right now we are breastfeeding about 95% of the time (one or two bottles of formula a day) - she takes the bottle fine, and also uses a pacifier sometimes. Breastfeeding is going well, and I'm finding it convenient to not have to mess around with prepping bottles or hauling more stuff when we go out. I'd rather not stop right now, but I'm having trouble envisioning how it's going to work once I'm back in the office, since we do not have any spaces that could be used for pumping. I do have a pump that I've used a bit, and haven't had any problems with it, but I don't really enjoy using it (PITA to clean the parts, feel like a cyborg milk machine, etc). I'm not passionate about the kid getting breast milk per se, I'm mostly motivated by the convenience and cost savings.
So, option A is pumping at work and continuing with breastmilk as we are currently:
There are some issues with this - first of all, my office is open plan with no rooms at all, in a converted industrial building on a small campus of similar buildings. Our bathroom is in another building, there is no kitchen. The office is <50 people, so not required to provide a space. So, it looks like the car is really the only option. In addition, there's no place to store the pumped milk except in the cooler in the pump bag - we have only a shared mini fridge for everyone and adding a mini fridge at my desk will blow the circuits (space heaters in the winter regularly trip them). So, it's looking like the pumping scenario would be in the car, using the cooler bag. Has anyone done this? Is this less awful than it sounds? I don't even know how I would rinse off all the pump parts in the scenario - I'm pretty sure I would end up with milk all over the car..? Does the milk really not go bad in that pump cooler bag, even in warm weather (office also has no A/C...)? Do I need a bigger cooler?
Additional issue is that daycare tuition covers 10 hours of care... and my official work hours are 10 hours. So I'm already cutting back on my time at work to pick up and drop off - I'm not sure I can really swing taking even MORE time out of my day to be pumping. How many times during the day do you normally pump? Once I could do, but it seems like it would need to be probably 2-3 sessions over my 9 hours at work?
Option B would be NOT pumping at work, sending formula to daycare and BF at home:
Does this even work? This would be ideal for me! Or will I inadvertently be shutting down my milk supply? Or I guess, just pump once at work and maybe dump if I can't keep the milk cool enough, just to keep supply going?
Option C is transitioning entirely to formula:
When would we need to start doing this? Also makes me a little sad, not ideal in my mind. Also increased cost of formula, constant bottle prep and washing, etc. No bueno.
Working moms, please advise! What should I do? My inclination (clearly) is option B, the combo, but if that's known to not work well, I'd like to know now...