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Nursing Diaries (Part Four)

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Nursing Diaries (Part Four)



"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 cake. 



 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.

I hope you find these tips helpful.  For more info on pumping and breastfeeding laws, visit http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=14389
Happy pumping!

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3 Comments:

At October 29, 2011 at 12:38 PM , Blogger This Cookn' Mom said...

You have to tell me more about this. I am a exclusive pumper and will be heading back to work soon. I do not know if I should cut the milk supply down or try pumping at work the same amount.

 
At October 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

I totally think that you can continue pumping. As long as you work it out with your employer. You work in a hospital right? My mom does too. She always talks about how hectic her schedule gets. I can't say it's easy. But if you plan, I can't see why it can't be done. Do you actually nurse at all? That really does help with your supply. The more I pumped and nursed, the more my milk came in. Please let me know how it goes. Would love to hear!

 
At October 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM , Blogger This Cookn' Mom said...

I am not currently nursing. I am going to figure out some things with work and pumping and see how it goes. I will let you know!

 

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