Here are a few quotes from yesterday's NYT article called "The True Cost of Breastfeeding:
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jesshoperose wrote:I ebf and I haven't experienced lost wages. I don't see the correlation at all. It is difficult to work and ebf but its doable.
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I think it's really difficult to calculate the "lost wages" effect.
bordwithyou wrote:I think it's really difficult to calculate the "lost wages" effect.
furke wrote:I sucessfully pumped at work until my son was a year. I had zero lost wages. I know that it's not easy for everybody to pump at work but I think the study is flawed. I think a better way of stating it would be to say that working mothers choose formula in higher numbers. I think more SAHM or those who work fewer hours might be more commited to making breastfeeding work for financial reasons. Also there are people for whom a pump just doesn't work very well that are forced to use formula. Also wouldn't pumps in 1993 be less effective then modern ones? I felt like the article despite that wonderful last part about breastfeeding mothers needing support comes off very discouraging about breastfeeding.
All of what you say is so true. It really was only in the early 1990s that effective home electric pumps seem to have become a thing that has been an option. So even at that time, working and pumping was not a well-known choice to make, simply because it would have been very difficult. I W & P, in 1985. In my current job, I would now get some paid leave if I had a baby, and also be able to get part-time work if I had a child under two years old. Others can seek part-time work but it is not guaranteed. I would also, as of last year, get paid pumping breaks !!!!!!!!!!! Which is an amazing breakthrough.
I pumped once a day, in my shortish lunch break, often while gulping down some food at the same time. I used to go to my in-laws who minded our children. If the baby was awake, I would pump one side and feed him on the other.
That reminds me of the biggest motivation for me to keep going with Michael. One of the first women I met at LLL was an exclusively pumping mom with a baby with cleft palate. I think the baby was a year old - and I was in awe, I didn't even know it was possible at that time to pump and feed a baby, let alone do it for a year! This was 1977 - so I doubt she would have a better pump than the one you used.
Any time that I felt it was all too much and I just couldn't continue to nurse Michael, I would think of her - and tell myself if she could do pump for her baby for a year, I could at least nurse my baby at my breast.
bordwithyou wrote:My first baby was born in 1992. At the time I'd had several friends and relatives who'd gone back to work and used EBM, so I just naturally thought I would, too. I had no trouble finding a home daycare provider who was comfortable feeding EBM.
Yes, it was around that time (early 1990s) a friend of mine who was also a leader for NMA (later Australian Breastfeeding Association, so similar to LLL) asked me to come along to an information afternoon for mothers and mothers to be one weekend. She got me to talk to other mothers about nursing and pumping, basically how it worked out, and also to encourage them that it was doable and so on. So it was becoming more known as an option by then. She wanted them to meet someone in real life too, and chat, so that it was seen as an 'option' for all working mothers.