Congrats on your new little one. It's been a while since you posted, I hope everything is working well for you. I have always been a night shift worker (12 hours.) I would pump at least 2 times a night when I was working. I used a hospital grade double pump to keep up my supply and to get it done fast. When I got home, I'd take a shower and feed the baby, then my babysitter would bring the baby in to nurse 2 times during my nap time. (Learning to breastfeed while laying down was essential) They would come and get baby when he was finished. The hardest part about nights for me is switching around to be awake on my days off.
Thanks so much for your support. Everyone asked me when I was pregnant if I would get a day position and I said no way. Now that it is time to go back to work I can't help but think if I worked days it would be easier, but I love my nights and I am sure it would be hard going back to work no matter what. I am sure it will all work out, just hope her dad doesn't have too hard of a time since she isn't fond of the bottle... Thanks again, and if (or more like when) I cry leaving her I won't feel so bad.
I can relate even though my boys are 18 and soon 21...I breast fed for awhile. You will need to take one or two breaks to pump at work. Then I am assuming hubby is home with your new angel can bottle feed the breast milk as I had a freezer full and it only takes a few minutes in warm water for the bag to come to room temp. Good luck and I know how hard it is to leave your little one to go to work....I would cry..but this is normal. Do not beat yourself up. You have to provide a living and your patients need you too. Blessings to you and your family.
Let us know how it goes. Cheri
Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Hi everyone, I am looking for your support and suggestions/advice. I just had my first child in May and I am totally in love. I worked right up until she was born (my water actually broke at 4am while helping a patient to the bathroom) and I was lucky enough to be able to take 12 weeks maternity leave, but it is back to work on Friday. I work from 7pm to 7am on a med surg unit in a tiny rural hospital and I love my job and working nights. I am looking forward to going back to work but I am not at the same time. I am worried about being away from her for so long as well as being able to pump (she is exclusively breastfed) and still have quality time with her. Anyone who has or is going through a similar situation please let me know how you deal(t) with it all. I am sure things will work out but knowing that I am not alone and how it has worked for others might help make it a little easier.
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