Support needed while pumping and working full time ...

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Registered: 05-09-2011
Support needed while pumping and working full time ...
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Mon, 05-09-2011 - 2:18pm

Hello!

I am

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Registered: 10-24-2008

Hi!

My name is Kristy, and I have pumped for a year each for two LOs (went back to work FT with both after 6 weeks). My 3rd is due in August, so I am planning to do the same thing again. I ended up EPing with my first because she simply would not breastfeed - saw multiple LCs in the first several weeks, finger feeding, screaming fits at the breast - got to the point that she would start crying whenever she saw me even start to unbutton my shirt (it was 3 months after I switched to bottle-feeding before she would even take a bottle from me - DH had to feed her). I could make milk fine, she just would have nothing to do with my boobs as a delivery system. So I started pumping. With my second I breastfed him for the first 48 hours (and he seemed to do fine), but his feeding was a lot more painful than pumping (I have very sensitive nipples), and it took him an hour to feed vs. 15 minutes to pump the same amount and 10 to feed it to him, so I got a lot more sleep pumping. And I found it more relaxing/bonding to look into my baby's face while feeding him a bottle than cringe in pain the whole time he was breastfeeding.

I also actually found pumping with both of mine to be easier once I went back to work vs. being at home with a newborn, since I could pump without worrying about a baby waking up and needing attention. My job involves a lot of computer work, so I am able to close my office door, use a handsfree bra, and work while pumping, which is very nice - I know that not everyone has that luxury! I have had lots of "adventures" pumping - I travel quite a bit for work, so have to deal with getting my pump and milk through the airport screeners on a regular basis, pumping in airport bathrooms and on planes, and "odd" locactions when I travel to customer sites for outdoor testing (as in stuck all day in a big field or on a tarmac with no bathroom facilities other than a portable toilet or bush) - you learn to bum ice off of every stewardess and fast food worker in sight, and give up a bit of your dignity and just tell the guys you are doing testing with

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011

I don't have any advise, just know you're not alone.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-09-2011
Great work!! 10 months is wonderful. Personally - I find it easier to pump at work than at home. I don't have to worry about keeping baby entertained or when she may wake up from her nap and if I'll be done pumping etc. I had to go back to work at 7 weeks pp and EPing became a little more manageable then. It is good that you had some wonderful nursing time. It must be really sad to see it go... I'm glad it worked out for you for awhile:) Hang in there as long as it makes sense for you and know that you have already done so much for your little one. Know that you are not crazy as people have told you! All of us are pumping on this board whether by choice or because nursing didn't work as we had hoped. (ok maybe we are all a bit crazy - but a good crazy!)
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Registered: 03-01-2011

I pumped at work. Work was about 45 mins from the house so I would always pump 30mins on the way then 3times at work during my breaks for 15mins, then another 30mins on the way home. It worked out pretty good. I know that it seems like you are spending a lot of time pumping, but are you doing its hands free, that helps a lot. I watch TV on my computer or phone(if at work) read or do other little things around the house so the time passes faster.

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