Pumping & Working Question

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Pumping & Working Question
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Fri, 12-03-2010 - 2:52pm

This is x-posted from the Working & Pumping board, but I thought you ladies might have some ideas as well.

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Ladies I need some ideas... I plan on talking to a few of my friends who work at my company and pump, but I have a feeling I am not going to like their answers....

I have been back to work full time for about 2 months now. I have been pumping 4 times a day. Once when I get up (either before or after I feed my DD - usually around 6:00am or so) and then 3 times at work 9ish, 12ish and 3ish depending on the day. For the past few months it hasn't been a problem. My schedule has been open enough for me to get down to the Mothers Room (when I am in the office Mon, Wed & Fri) or at home. At home I can be on conference calls and it's not problem because I can do it right in front of my computer. but at work is a different story.

Some background. My job is very virtual, All of my co-workers (even in the same state) are in different buildings, or we are working with people from CT, AR and NJ or TX. We are consistently on the phone. MY schedule on Monday I am literally on the hpone from 9 am until 5. I seriously don't know what to do....I am starting to not fit my pump times in because I am having so many meetings. Our Mothers room is scheduled usually in 1/2 hour increments. Most of my conference calls are 1 to 2 hours at a time, so being able to go downstairs and pump during a call just isn't an option. I plan on discussing it with my boss, but I don't think that I am going to be able to work from home full time just to accomdate my pumping schedule.

I have been having to go down to two pumpings a day (like today) because I just don't have the time to get 3 in while I am in the office....I only really need 20 minutes for each pump, but even that's hard to find. I can't say no to meetings because I HAVE to be there....it will go in waves where it's super busy like this for weeks and then it will drop off for a month or two and then pick up again. I had wanted to go to a year but at this rate I don't know if I will make it to 6 months....

Can I switch so I pump at night before I go to bed or something or when I am home (I would rather not, but if it helps with my supply I will do anything)? ANy suggestions would be great.


Thanks so much, sorry its so long!


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Registered: 04-22-2006
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 3:52pm

I've been doing a lot of reading on the Exclusively Pumping board, and the more important thing is the total amount of time you pump, not the schedule of the pumping. For example, and EPer should pump 120 minutes a day. So, if you pump 8 times a day each session is 15 minutes, but if you pump 6 times a day each session is 20 minutes.

Anyway, I don't think your supply will be affected if you pump once in the evening, as long as you continued to pump 4 times a day as before. It probably would help if you could space them out fairly evenly though. So, if you pump at 6am, then do one at 10am, 2pm, then 6pm. Or you could even do a 5-hour spacing (6am, 11am, 4pm, 9pm) if that's easier. I wouldn't go over 5 hours though, especially if you have an oversupply. Of course, you don't have to pump exactly on the schedule, but just to give you an idea.

Also, since you're on the phone most of the time, could you just pump while at your desk (assuming you have an office with a door, of course)?





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Registered: 02-16-2008
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 4:25pm

I think the only thing that could be a problem is engorgement. And how much are you pumping and how much is Gabby taking a day? I would imagine you'll be ok, especially if you can fit in another pump in the evenings. I'm gone 11.5 hours a day, and pumping for a total of 120 minutes. I'm a poor responder though, so it takes me 30 minutes to empty, and I average about 12-13oz a day.

I'm sure Spencer will have some good advice on W&P. Keep in mind that it's your legal right to have adequate time to pump.

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Fri, 12-03-2010 - 6:02pm

Thanks ladies the W&P board gave me some hints. Unfortuntely I don't have an office, I actually have a 3 sided cube. so I can't shut a door and all of our conference rooms don't lock and are glass :( so my only option while in the office is the bathroom or the mothers room which is all the way down stairs and it's two small rooms that I have to check out in advance. there are like 8 or 9 of us women using the rooms weekly so it gets a bit busy.

I emailed my boss and she said I should be able to switch to working from home three days a week so that will help. I will find out more when I talk with her in my one on one with her on Tuesday.

I have been keeping up and I shouldn't stress too much because I have about 100oz in the freezer right now. I pumped a lot when I was on leave. I pump about 20 a day or so (between the four pumps) about 5 each time from both breasts and she is eating anywhere from 14 to 17oz while at daycare and I breast feed her when I am home. So I should be good. I think it will work out and I normally don't pump on weekends, but I can start doing that a few times if I start to see a drop in supply.


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Registered: 04-22-2006
Fri, 12-03-2010 - 8:42pm
Glad your boss will let you work from home an extra day a week!




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Fri, 12-03-2010 - 10:15pm

Jess,

I so feel your pain! I went through something similar when I was back at work FT this summer. I was pumping 3x/day at work and when I was busy with meetings/con calls, I had to move my pumping schedule around which left me feeling engorged so I tried to stick to my pumping schedule as much as possible.

My company did not have a designated "Mother's Room" because most of the employees there were older so there was never a need for one but they designated a window-less conference room in our basement for me (without my even asking!) I had to reserve it, like any other room, but they covered the plate glass on the door and they changed the handle to one that locks. I think legally your company has to provide a private and sanitary place for you to pump, ie not the bathroom! I would ask if they can convert another conference room for you and perhaps one with a phone so you could still do conference calls. If I had to be on the phone and pump at the same time, I would just turn the pump motor away from the phone and mute the phone when I wasn't talking so they couldn't hear the pump. No one ever said anything to me about hearing a strange noise. :-)

Oh and you are SO lucky that you get to work from home 3 days/week!! That is a great start!!

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Sun, 12-05-2010 - 5:01pm
Christine- they have two rooms that are the mothers rooms with phones and access. The problem is most of my meetings are 1 hour long and since there are about 7 mothers pumping I can't book it for more than I need it. Which is why working 3 days a week will help. I am sure it will work out.

Thanks again. Oh and all our other conference rooms are glass ;)