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Getting On a Schedule While Working Full Time

By Alyson Brown |

my two boys

I'm going to miss my two guys when I head back to work!

On September 6th, I start back at my job full time. Oh how sad that makes me!! I’ve enjoyed every second of the summer, getting to know my little baby boy. He’ll be just over three months old when I go back and I’m going to miss spending so much time with him. My husband is able to work from home, so Wolf will be with him during the day while I’m working. I know he will do a great job taking care of Wolf and playing with him during the day but I can’t help but still be a little sad, especially since I won’t be able to continue breastfeeding him during that time while I’m at work.

I love my little routine with Wolf. Each time he’s finished nursing, I sit him back on the boppy while I take off the SNS. Then we play a little game. He smiles and coos at me and I make silly noises at him and hold him up in the air like an little airplane. Sometimes he gets so excited, he lets out a tiny chuckle!

I’m getting anxious to see how my work schedule will work with Wolf’s eating schedule. Before Wolf was born, I was getting up to get ready for my day at 6:45 or 7:00. Right now he’s waking up hungry around 6:30 in the morning. He’s a pretty slow eater so it usually takes him about an hour to finish the SNS. In the evenings, he’s usually hungry around 4:00 or 5:00. I’m hoping that it’ll work for me to nurse Wolf in the morning and in the evening and pump during the day while I’m at work, but I’m wondering, do I start waking him up early in the morning to BF him?  Or should I just let him sleep?

Since I’m still supplementing at the breast with low milk supply, I need all the stimulation from Wolf that I can get. I’ve seen a gradual increase in milk over these three months, still not enough to support him with exclusively. I’m determined to continue the supplemental system as long as possible, but for now, I feel confident that he’s getting some milk from me.

How did you transition back into work?


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Alyson Brown

Alyson Brown is a graphic designer living with her husband Levi, little boy Wolf and two cats in Bend, Oregon. She blogged for the Pregnancy channel on Babble, writing about her personal struggles to breastfeed, as well as searching for the perfect diaper bag. More of her work can be found on her lifestyle blog, Unruly Things.

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5 thoughts on “Getting On a Schedule While Working Full Time

  1. jamie says:

    alyson i am so proud of your continued breastfeeding! (and also so supportive if you chose to stop any time, OF COURSE) said it before and i will say it again you are amazing.

    that is SO AWESOME his papa will be able to be home with him during the day! (answers my email ;)

    i wake up H if i have to in order to nurse him before i leave. and poor ben has had to deal with me in tears (literally) when i missed feedings by a short window coming home from work. (mostly when i was dealing with supply issues the first few weeks returning) so i try and get home ASAP. we have finally after a month or two gotten into a routine where H is just hungry about 15 minutes after i get home. enough time to provide a little window. ;)

  2. tiffany jewell says:

    going back to work after my maternity leave is constantly on my mind… and i haven’t even given birth yet!
    good luck alyson! i’m so enjoying reading about your time with wolf.

  3. Marie says:

    My 6 month old kiddo did well being woken up early to nurse before we drove to daycare (about 45 minutes) and then her daycare provider fed her just before I picked her up so she’d be happy on the ride home. When I was in school the 3 months before that (and she was home with Dad/Grandma), she had been eating at about 3pm and I didn’t get home until 4-4:30, but she moved her afternoon feeding so she could nurse when I got there. You could try to schedule a bottle feeding for his usual interval (say 2 hours or however long between feedings) for an interval before you get home so he’s hungry when you get there. Good luck!

  4. Tina says:

    oh boy…going back to work was extremely hard for me. I cried that first day. dramatic, I know. Like you, my husband was able to stay home with him so I took comfort in knowing he would be safe at home. For the first few weeks, I would get him up to feed but I read some where that you shouldn’t wake him otherwise he’ll get use to getting up at that time to feed rather than transitioning to the new schedule of you working. Has he tried bottle feeding yet? We started a few weeks before I returned to work and he caught on pretty quickly. Pumping at work was not easy for me. It took me awhile and I pumped often. I’m lucky enough to have my own office with a closed door. But it seemed like I’d be in there forever with these cups stuck to my breasts. I’ll be honest, I hated it. Anyway, I say let him sleep and feed when he’s ready in the morning. Pump a lot while you’re at work. And have your husband send lot’s of photos via text while you’re at work. That’s the only way I could get through my day. :)

  5. Melissa Jordan says:

    Alyson – Tickled to hear that you husband will be a SAHD too – so cool! Look forward to hearing more about his adventures with your little man! Best of luck on your return to work.


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