I'm pumping 4 hours per day - can't keep this up when I go back to work

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-17-2011
I'm pumping 4 hours per day - can't keep this up when I go back to work
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Wed, 06-15-2011 - 12:19pm

I've been pumping for 14 weeks now, so I've started dropping pumps.

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Registered: 02-09-2011
I don't have a specific recommendation...but just do the best you can when September rolls around. I still pump 1x at work (the other pumps are at home) and I pump hands free so I can eat my lunch while I pump. Back when I pumped extra times at work I only had 15 minutes at a time. It wasn't idea...but it worked out ok. Do you have a long drive to work? Maybe you could pump in the car? I know everyone is different...but I think about 2 hours is the average total time pumping. I know I used to spend around 3-4 hours during the first several months. But now I only pump about 2.5 hours and still get enough milk. You have several months at least. Maybe things will have improved some by September. You probably are - but are you doing compressions? That can help. And I have to stay distracted by surfing the web or whatever. If you aren't able to keep it up once you are back to work - you will still have pumped a long time:) Good work and hang in there. Remember...one day at a time.
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Registered: 04-03-2011

September is a long time from now in terms of pumping weeks! I know how you feel because I pump for that long too. Are you building a freezer stash with that much pumping?

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Registered: 10-14-2010
I agree with the previous poster in regards to waiting to drop pumps until closer to when you go back to work--maybe stay at 7 (a total pain in the butt, I know) till August and start dropping one a week then? When I got down to 3, my supply went down a lot, but maybe you will be luckier, esp with the dom. If you are comfortable with the supply hit and are desperate to drop pumps (understandable, of course, especially because your pumps are so long!), then go for it and start now. If you are interested, legally your workplace has to allow you to pump, and provide a clean non-bathroom space for it. I taught before I had my daughter, and several of the other teachers pumped at work. They would do it in the morning right before the kids came in, during lunchtime (bummer, but they could eat while pumping hands-free), during specialist time, and then right after the kids left. Not ideal, and probably only 15 min per pump, but they were able to manage for a few months. Just a thought. Hope you find something that works for you!

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