As promised a little update, after going back!
My LB survived!! (And so did I!!)
My LB still is not really interested in real food, he gets 3 x 1oz of formula (which he doesn’t really drink), but he was genuinely fine. I wasn’t mauled when we got in the door and he hadn’t spent the day in tears – I’ll take that and park the mummy guilt somewhere out the way for the time being!
Our arrangement is really nice, 1 day with MIL, 2 days in nursery, 1 day with me, 1 day with DH. I’m hoping this gives our LB the best of all things, mixing with other children and spending time with people he knows.
So, if you are struggling to wean your LO and have to return to work, figure out if pumping could work, be kind to yourself, know that these babies are tough cookies and try to enjoy the return to adult conversation! (And pack your makeup in your work bag….obviously!!)
How have you survived the return to work? What worked for you and your LO?
A while back (when LB was about 5 months) I attended a baby weaning course. I’d done a bit of reading about weaning, thought I’d go the baby led weaning route, avoid the purees that most likely contain ingredients I’ve never heard of, or would rather not give. I also wanted to ask about baby rice and arsenic poisoning and get some reassurance that when I went back to work, when my LB would be 8 months that he would be getting enough food. “Absolutely” I was told, he’ll be eating all sorts by then…
So, the time has nearly come to return to work almost full time (4 days, from 7:30 – 4:30).
My baby still doesn’t eat. I’ve tried all manner of things. He purses his lips and pushes his head against the back rest on the high chair!
It would be easy for me to have a complete panic, but feel it’s probably more useful to keep calm and carry on. I had initially planned on pumping at work, to give to nursery the following day. This looks like it might be a false economy, the time I spend pumping, I could probably better use doing work, so that when I come home I can spend quality time with my LB – so I’m choosing formula for days when I can’t be there and knowing that I will still continue to breastfeed before/after work and overnight.
Will update once I’m back to work to hopefully reassure that if you’re in a similar position everything will be ok! 🤞