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  1. I returned to work at the beginning of the month with baby girl 8 months old. She was and still is exclusively breastfed. I have tried her on a bottle but she wont take it and will throw it from my hands!. I feed her before and after work. On my days off she feeds when she wants similar to you. My mum looks after her while I’m at work and she says she doesnt even look for milk. I was worried about full breasts while at work, but my body seems to have accomodated the change. Its marvellous how babies and your bodies adapt to chnage.

    #ablogginggoodtime
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    • Its8so great isn’t that returning to work doesn’t mean you have to give up breastfeeding and I love hear stories from people who managed it successfully. It is so amazing how your baby and body adapts quickly. Thanks for reading and sharing 🙂

  2. I to did all the plans and the week before I returned to work at five and a half months he refused to feed. He had always had one bottle of formula a day due to him being early and while we waited for my milk to kick in he had a daddy bottle. That continued as it was a positive experience for Daddy and son (and it gave me a break). I agree letting him take control was much easier than making him have something he didn’t want. #ablogginggoodtime

  3. This is so lovely to read. I had my two boys in Canada and was pretty shocked at the UK’s views on breastfeeding. In Toronto, I could count on one hand the number of mums who stopped breastfeeding before one.

    Well done for doing what felt right rather than what was expected – you are giving courage to other mums who want to do the same x

    #PicknMix

    • Thank you for your lovely reply! I think I have been incredibly lucky that I had the right support to have a great time with breastfeeding, which meant it was an easy decision for me to make to continue when I was back at work. Thanks for reading.

  4. I’m so glad you posted this! My little one is only 2 months old at the moment, but I’ve been considering going back to work part time once he reaches 6 months so fingers crossed I’ll have a smooth transition into potentially expressing milk at work! x

    #MarvMondays

    • It definitely wasn’t as hard as I thought and I think as long as you can express ok, you shouldn’t worry too much about it 🙂 definitely don’t worry about it now, enjoy your bubba! Thanks for reading x

  5. This is the exact issue I’m having as I assumed I’d switch when I return to work (sadly when J is around 10 months) but I really don’t want to. >_< Unfortunately I work in a teeny tiny office where this is no spare room to pump so I just don't know what I'm going to do! Thanks for linking to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • You might find that by 10 months, he won’t feed as much anyway. It may take a little period of adjustment, but I hear of so many babies that just naturally cut down to to morning and evening feeds when mum returns to work, and this is certainly what Alfie did with no bother at all. I hope you can figure it out and you don’t have to stop before you want to xx

  6. I’m so glad how it all worked out for you! And that your company was so great just in case too 🙂 I had a Medela Swing and used it for two babies – it’s the best pump I tried! x

  7. Fantastic news my darling, glad everything worked out in the end!
    I have realised we all worry far far too much about things.
    We need to stick together & push one another confidence.

  8. I am glad you had a good experience. I was very fortunate that I was able to return to work just 2 days each week and, even though I did need to express during the day, it worked well and I was supported to do so. I was glad to not have to return to work after the second one though!
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  9. Aw bless you, I recently returned to work and it’s hard enough without juggling breastfeeding/expressing too. However Medela pumps are awesome! Thanks for linking up to #DreamTeam, apologies for the late commenting this week! xx

  10. You are so right. Babies adapt so easily and the worry before the event is always worse than the actual thing you’re worrying about ha! I returned to employment after my son turned one and he had a little feed before I left and a night time feed. The morning feed disappeared quickly and we enjoyed a bedtime feed until he was 16 months x

  11. I went back to work when small was 8 months, and I dreaded it! I needn’t have worried though, he’s always just had food and water in my absence (expressed milk is poison, don’t you know?! At least that’s what he says…!) I don’t express at work, either. Happily feeding at 20 months still! I’m part time at the moment (3 days) but going full time for 3 months in September (he’ll be 2) so hopefully that’ll be a smooth transition too! Great post.

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