new to being a mom, ep, & here

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Registered: 03-30-2011
new to being a mom, ep, & here
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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 1:50am

my lo is 3 weeks old gave her a bottle shortly after birth on the bad advice of a nurse after she had already latched. she screams bloody murder when I try to give her boob. so i've been ep'ing since then I am so glad I found you all and have a quick question I go back to work when she'll b 8 weeks I work 10 hour shifts and won't be able to pump at work how bad do you think that will affect my supply I pump between 30-40 oz does anyone go that long between pumps on a regular basis

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 12:30pm
Hello, and welcome to the board!
It's hard to say how much your long work shift will affect your supply. Can you go 10 hrs without feeling engorged? I started going 8 hours around 10 weeks, but that was a big stretch and I was often sore when I got up (baby was sleeping through the night so I stopped getting up) and you will need to get your body slowly used to going that long if you can't already. Once I got used to 8hrs, 10hrs in a bind (like if baby woke up cranky and wouldn't let me pump right away) was ok.
In order to keep your supply up, it will be really important to get in lots of pumps in your non-working hours (stinks, I know, since you will want to sleep and play with baby!). Is it possible to do just one pump at work? Even in the bathroom if it has to be, and if you're too grossed out by that you could dump it and just use that pump to keep supply going. Most people need to pump 8x a day in the first 12 weeks to keep supply up, but there are always exceptions and some people do well with fewer pumps. Are you comfortable with supplementing with formula? If yes, you might stress less, which could help. Also, I am pretty sure there are rules and regulations about workplaces having to allow moms to pump, and having to provide a private space for it. Are you comfortable addressing this with your employer? I hope all works out for you! Congratulations on your daughter!

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Registered: 03-01-2011
Wed, 03-30-2011 - 11:23pm

Hi my baby is 8 weeks old, and today was my first day back, I found it pretty hard to go 3 hours without pumping since i had been pumping every 2 hours at home durring the day. I have a bit of a difficult boss, but knowing what the law is really helped me so i could get the needed breaks to pump. Here are some links if you want http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs73.pdf

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Registered: 11-07-2010
Thu, 03-31-2011 - 12:08pm
Hi there and welcome! I really feel for you about not EP-ing by choice - I'm in exactly the same boat, but my daughter's already 6 months old...

I totally agree with the PP about addressing the laws with your employer. If they have over 50 employees, they HAVE to comply. And if not, federal employment laws require that you have a 30 minute break in your work day and 2 10-minute breaks. Probably more since you're on 10-hour shifts! it sounds as though with the huge volume you're producing that not being able to pump WILL cause you some side effects. You can also explore getting a Dr.'s note stating that you have to pump to prevent engorgement, clogged ducts and mastitis.

Ok, that all being said, have you considered trying to restore your breastfeeding? A supplementer can give the baby the immediate gratification she needs to wait for your let-down. Also, you can go back to see a lactation consultant. Your daughter is so young, you could really still have a very good chance at it if that's what you want. Honestly, I wish someone had told me that when Emily was 3 weeks old.