MAKING COMBINATION FEEDING WORK
Many mothers would like to continue breastfeeding
once they return to work, but have either no time to pump or no
place to pump while at work. If you would like to continue breastfeeding
during the time you are at home with your baby, and formula feed
ONLY while you are at work, the following tips can help you
~ Nurse exclusively for the first THREE weeks.
This will ensure your milk supply, and help to avoid nipple confusion.
~ At three to four weeks, offer a bottle of expressed
breastmilk. Have Dad, Grandma, or someone other than Mom, offer
the first few bottles. Once the baby is used to taking a bottle,
you can introduce formula. Begin by offering the formula at a time
when mom would be at work, say at 10 AM. Mom should hand express
or pump if she becomes uncomfortably full. She should only
eliminate that ONE particular feeding, and nurse as usual at all
~ Continue eliminating that one particular feeding
for two to three days. When mom notices she's not "full"
during that time, she can then eliminate another feeding.
She should continue in this way so that by the time she returns
to work, she has trained her body to produce milk during the time
when she would be with her baby, but not during the
time she'll be working.
~ Always nurse when you are together with
the baby, to maintain milk supply for the times you are together.
Many mothers prefer to offer formula during the day while they are
at work, but nurse exclusively through the evening hours and during
the nights if the baby wakes.
~ Weekends mom can either continue the pattern she
uses on weekdays, or she can nurse exclusively on weekends. It may
take two or three weeks for the body to understand, but eventually
it will "know" when to produce, and when not to.
~ If you ever experience a time when you feel your
milk supply is low, please contact your breastfeeding support network,
for information on how to increase your supply.