Is The Workplace The New Babies R Us?

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Is The Workplace The New Babies R Us?
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 9:34am

What do you think? Should parents be able to bring their young babies to work with them?

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102774224

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Registered: 03-26-2009
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 7:56pm

But is an "optimal schedule" done by everyone?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 8:00pm

No, of course not. The result is that their supply dwindles and they supplement with formula or move to formula entirely.

UNLESS she is emptying her breasts 7 times between 5:30pm and 8am the next day, and can miraculously function on that level of sleep deprivation for 6 months.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2009
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 8:29pm
Well if the baby was eating every 3 hours, she still would be feeding him 5 times between those times.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 9:53pm

If you've ever been a new mother, you know how precious every minute of sleep is. A breastfeeding baby is much more efficient at stimulating supply than a pump. A woman has to pump more often than breastfeed to maintain the same supply. As the baby gets better at it, it's not necessary to continue with the marathon feedings. With pumping, you have to keep up the 2-3 hour schedule or else the supply dwindles.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-10-2004
Wed, 04-15-2009 - 11:26am

"But is an "optimal schedule" done by everyone? "


Those that wish to keep exclusively breastfeeding the first six months or have a longterm

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2003
Wed, 04-15-2009 - 12:48pm

actually, an optimal schedule for a good supply is to pump when the breasts become full--that matches the pace of the child's demand/need. pumping too often or on a rote schedule can hyperstimulate supply, which means that there will be too much milk

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 04-15-2009 - 1:14pm
I had a similar experience.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 04-19-2009 - 10:31pm
I pumped/bf for 10 months with my first and 13 months w/my 3rd. I was WAHM for #2 although I did pump as well. I pumped or bf b4 I went to work everday-had to leave at 6:50...I would pump around 10 during my first break, pump at lunch around 12:30-1 and again around 3 during my 2nd break. I would often pump at home after the last feeding b4 I went to bed.,,and of course my babies were up in the night for more feedings..never had a problem keeping up supply. having a high quality pump makes a big difference!

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Registered: 12-31-2008
Mon, 04-20-2009 - 10:03am
If the parent can get their work done and not interfere with others doing so, I don't see anything wrong with it.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 04-20-2009 - 11:39am

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Exactly. You pumped before work, during your first break, during lunch, and during your second break.

If a person can use these times to pump, if a person can use these times to smoke, then I don't see why an employer would have a problem with a person using these times to breastfeed.

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