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#LLN Pumping At Work

I am by no means a professional when it comes to advice on breastfeeding. I have breastfed two babies and that is the extent of my experience. With these posts, I am simply trying to give new moms an idea of what I have been through. 🙂 
Pumping at work isn’t so bad once you get into a routine. The routine is key. You will want to talk to your employer in advance to make sure there is a place you can pump in privacy. You will probably want to make sure it’s in a place that there is a lock on the door. I was pumping in a room that had no lock and I was just putting a “do not disturb” sign on the door and a male co-worker walked in on me so I REALLY recommend a locked door! 🙂 As I mentioned in a previous LLN post, I worked part time when I had my first son and I didn’t have the need to pump at work. When I had LA this past year and went back to work I planned on pumping three times a day. I work four 10 hour days, from 8am – 6:30pm. I would feed LA right before we left the house in the morning, which was around 7am. I would then pump at 10am, 1pm and 4pm. I don’t know what I would have done without my double electric breast pump because my first and last pumping sessions at work were on my 15 minute breaks so I was very limited on time. I did stress a lot about how much I was pumping and about the time I had to pump. If you can eliminate the time worry, that will help. If you can’t, it can still work. I was able to pump at work successfully for 11 months. There were many times I worried about pumping enough for LA when I was gone, however, it always seemed to work out. There were times I would have to use some of my freezer supply, but in the end it worked and I was happy. Here are some tips for mamas who are returning to work:

  • I recommend you start pumping about 3 weeks before you return to work. This will get you adjusted to using a pump and will also help build up a bit of a freezer supply for those first few days and any other days you may not pump enough. This will prevent having to worry so much about getting the exact ounces you need. You’ll have a back up.
  • Talk to your employer in advance and know the law. Many (if not all, not sure) states have laws that give you the right to pump at work and your employer must provide you a place to do so. Voice your concerns about making sure there is a lock on the door.
  • Put together a photo album that you can carry with you that includes photos of your little one. Believe it or not, looking at pictures of your baby can actually help with lactating!
  • Invest in a hands-free pumping bra if you can. They will help you relax more and that can increase your supply as well.
Never having a real break or a lunch break for nearly a year at work did get frustrating at times, but I was so happy that I was able to pump at work and give my baby ONLY breast milk for a whole year! Giving up my personal time at work was definitely worth it!

 

 

Mamas who pump at work, what are your other suggestions? 

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Comments

  1. Green Mama says:

    It’s great these days to have a smart phone with pictures on it, so you don’t need to carry photos. Also, I used to bring soap and a scrub brush with me and it would take sol long to wash everything after each of my 3 pumping sessions. Now I just rinse and go…It’s totally unnecessary to scrub everything down! Make life much easier and makes me not hate pumping!

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