Back to reality: Returning to work as a breastfeeding mum of 2
Posted on 04.06.2018 |
I can’t believe it’s that time already. My maternity leave ends tomorrow. It’s the strangest feeling, in some ways the time has flown and in others it feels like an eternity since I was last anything other than ‘just mum’.
I started maternity leave 2 days before Meggy was born and have taken just under 9 months off work in total. It’s been amazing. I’ve loved being there for both my babies and am so lucky to have had the time I did. If I’m honest though, part of me is ready to go back. Don’t get me wrong, being a full time mummy is incredible but I love my job and I’ve missed having skills other than just changing nappies and lactating.
When Harry was a baby I returned to work when he was 7 months old. He was Mr Independent and completely unphased by the change. Meggy is completely different. She’s clingy, a real mummy’s girl and still seems so young for some reason. She’s still breastfed too and isn’t a fan of formula. She’ll take it but only sometimes and after she’s worked herself up into a state.
I’ve spent a long time thinking about how I can make the transition easier for her and the obvious solution was to express milk to leave her while I’m away. When I tried though I was shocked to find that I couldn’t get any milk using the pump that I had in the early days. I sat, feeling like a cow, for over 40 minutes while the pump made loud mooing noises and didn’t get a single drop of milk. I was gutted.
Not long after I saw the lovely Ardo team at The Baby and Toddler Show in Manchester and got talking to a lovely lady called Irene . She was passionate about supporting breastfeeding mums with pumping and showed me the Ardo calypso breast pumps. They are so quiet (no mooing sounds) and are one of the brands that hospitals make available for mothers who need to express. Irene also took the time to give me lots of tips for how to express more milk and told me where I could find more information online. She offered to send me a pump to try and I gratefully accepted.
Using the pumps and her advice I was able to pump about 50ml milk in about 10 minutes. Not lots but not bad for a first attempt. I’m hoping that if she’s distressed and refusing formula this will be an ace card that will help to give her some comfort. I’m also going to take my pump with me as, although I don’t think I’ll need to use it, I’m not used to being away from Meg for so long and she still feeds several times a day so it will come in handy if I start to feel uncomfortable.
To read the full article by Kayley - http://friendlyfirstfoods.co.uk/back-reality-returning-work-breastfeeding-mum-2/