Originally Posted by Ssandra
Anyway, the plan for now is that most days (since he works from home) between 4pm and 8pm or 9pm depending on the baby schedule he will be in charge of the baby while I sleep.
Of course, this also depends on how well breast feeding goes and pumping so that he can feed the little girl...
I am glad you're planning to breastfeed. Besides having nursed my 3, I am also a long time lactation specialist for an international breastfeeding support group.
Just a note about that 4-8pm period-- in the normal course of the day, you have more milk, but it's more watery, in the early part of the day. In the evening, around 4-8, 5-10, something like that, most newborns want to nurse more, sometimes almost continuously, because the mother's milk is of less quantity, but higher in fat and calories. So, it's more like cream, and actually is drawn out of the breasts more slowly. Give yourself a good six weeks, to allow the baby to meet her nutritional needs this way, especially as she's learning to nurse and growing so fast.
It's recommended you get chores done and dinner cooked before the "witching hour" when you can depend on her being fussy and hungry.
After 4-6 weeks you can start trying her on bottles of your pumped milk, if you find that convenient. Earlier than that, you run the risk of nipple confusion.