What do you think? Should parents be able to bring their young babies to work with them?
I think it could have though. A parent who isn't fretting over their child, who isn't concerned that evil daycare (sarcasm) is ruining their child's life, can keep their mind on their work, instead of it flitting off to Worryland.
Also, people who are invested in their jobs, people who enjoy it (increased morale), tend to work harder and be more efficient than those who are only there because they have to be.
It also might be a royal pain, physically at the source, to not pump during the day.
I was very lucky in that I didn't have to go back to work until my babies were 8 months old (first child) and 5 months old (second child). But I started pumping and freezing about a month before I had to go back to work both times so I had a bit of a back up supply. I tried to give fresh milk as much as possible, and threw out any unused milk after thirty days, but it did give me the security of knowing that if I had a really busy day and couldn't pump at work for some reason, I could rely on the frozen stuff.
I also found, once the babies started sleeping 5+ hours or so in the night, that my supply was most plentiful first thing in the morning. I got so I could get a bottle out before the baby woke up, and sometimes I would have the baby attached to one side and the pump to the other first thing in the morning.
Only pumping once in 8-10 hours? OUCHIE MOMMA!
For me, pumping really didn't take more than the time others took to step otuside and smoke. Or sit in the breakroom with their coffee and bagels.
Also, most of the mothers I knew that pumped, would pump 15 min about 3x a day.
except for knowing I was going back to work? Yeah, it sure felt like being a sahm....kind of how I feel all summer.
"Very true and if it is that easy for them, then they could easily do that at night or in the morning and not have to take time away from work to stop and pump. IME the woman I work with never did it on work time. I personally saw her bring the bottles into daycare in the morning and saw her leave at lunchtime to go over to the daycare to breastfeed everyday."