"Pumping At Work"
As I mentioned in Part One,
there isn’t always time to pump at work.
When there’s active weather, my job takes precedence. Thankfully that’s not always the case. I have a pretty understanding employer who
allows me a place to express milk each day.
Some may feel they don’t have the opportunity to pump at work. But I firmly believe that you can do it. It’s just a matter of planning and asking
your employer for assistance.
When I made the announcement
that my hubby and I were expecting, I immediately told the HR representative
that I planned on breastfeeding and began making arrangements, as I drew closer
to my due date. I had heard stories
about moms pumping in the bathroom and decided early on that that wasn’t going
to be me. I wanted a nice clean and
comfy environment to pump in.
I can’t say it's a spa like setting, but it's sufficient. It's neatly tucked
away from everyone, and the office came complete with a microwave and
refrigerator. I’ve been able to pump
during my lunch hour and store away my milk for the remainder of my shift. Talk about convenience!! I also had a key, which was icing on the
My goal was to pump for one
year and I’m proud to say that I’ve exceeded that! I’d sneak away two to three times during my
shift, in between shows (for about 15-20 minutes a session). It can be a bit tedious, carrying all that
gear and washing all the parts after each use.
But, it’s worth it! I’ve spoken
with other moms who’ve mentioned that they tried doing the deed for a number of
months, but later gave up. So, I want to
share some tips with those of you planning on nursing, and pumping at work that
has help me tremendously!
1. Don’t be afraid to plan
early! Once you make the announcement to
your boss, ask about a pumping room. I
know there may be some exceptions, but most businesses provide a pumping room
(not the bathroom).
2. Research different
pumps. I swear by Madela. I’ve heard that hospital pumps are the
best. But, I feel that Madela is right
up there! It’s pretty expensive. So, be sure to add it to your registry. If no one buys it, you get a percentage off
after your new arrival! My little one
also enjoys drinking from the Madela bottles.
Maybe your baby will too!
3. Also, get some storage bags
and containers. I tried a few, but I
like Lansinoh bags because it stores and pours easily and it’s affordable.
4. If you do decide to pump at
work, don’t forget to pump and/or nurse at home. Your boobies and baby will thank you later for
keeping that supply going! I’ll talk
more about how I was able to rebuild my milk supply in Part 5.
5. If you’re not comfortable
with your pumping conditions at work like the location or conditions, then
speak up! You want your pumping
experience to be as confortable as possible.
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