Did Your Job Affect Breastfeeding?

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Did Your Job Affect Breastfeeding?
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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 2:03pm

I was working full time when I had my babies, and it was very daunting to me to think about breastfeeding when I would be returning to work a short time later.

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 6:58am
I don't know if this answer is valid... I was a SAHM, but both my SIL and my BFF had to return to work after 12 weeks (the standard mat. leave in Argentina), and that ended breastfeeding for both of them. My sister in law decided to end it on her own, because she has a job that requires a lot of moving around (and long car trips), so she wasn't sure about pumping and storing her breastmilk. In any case, she always acted insecure about BF, and I think deep down it was a relief for her to switch to formula. My best friend, tried really hard to keep breastfeeding, but pumping wasn't working well, her baby slept through the night, so the 8 hours at work, plus the 8 hours at night without breastfeeding killed her supply in a matter of days. She was really, really sad about this, and keeps saying how she wished she could have BF longer.

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 8:45am
I went back to work after 8 weeks, but I'm blessed to have a private office and a boss that worked and pumped for a couple months for her kids. She doesn't understand why I'm still going, but she doesn't care.

I have had some supply issues, but an LC and domperidone have helped me fight to reestablish a supply that's working for us. I do have to use a little formula (which I hate), but whatever. I'm planning to child-led wean, but I'll start weaning off my pump at a year. I just dropped to 4 pumps (so every 2.5 hours), which helps. I'll stay at that until September.

Honestly, breastfeeding gives me a way to reconnect with Peter after a day of work. It definitely would have been nice, though, to have been able to stay home longer with him.
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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 2:02pm
Thanks for sharing their experiences!

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Thu, 06-02-2011 - 2:03pm
Yay for an understanding boss! I'm so happy to see the change in attitudes in the workplace, although it's probably slower for some than others. You are amazing for sticking to it for so long :)

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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 9:05am
I work at home so my situation is a bit different and I would pump while working. I pumped\breastfed until 7.5 mos when my supply dwindled and my son had no interest. He was happier w a bottle. If I could have pumped more I woul have but all of a sudden I could not even pump an ounce so I stopped both.

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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 12:16pm
Pumping sucks, but I was blessed (and cursed) with an oversupply so I only need to pump 3x a day for the 11.5 hours I am gone from my LO.

This time around I had 12 weeks of leave, which I think helped a lot, along with experience. With my first DS I had 6 weeks leave, yet made it 9 months BFing. I'm also able to work at home 2 days a week right now as well, so that helps.

My goal this time is to BF for at least a year. My DH is very supportive so that helps as well.
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Fri, 06-03-2011 - 10:13pm

My BF plans didn't work out due to my bodies inefficency to produce. However, I'm not sure I would have made it once I got back to work. I work 12 hours shifts and some days hardly get lunch let alone breaks to stop and pump. I heard from another person at work that when she pumped she pretty much got told she could pump in the bathroom. So she didn't pump as long cause it was hard for her to go sit in her car and pump.

 Cassie 

     

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Sat, 06-04-2011 - 6:10pm
Pumping in the bathroom, that's BS, and I thought it was against the law.
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Sat, 06-04-2011 - 6:40pm

yea, I thought so too. I work for Anthem so if I was in office they have pumping rooms. I used it once when I had to go in for a meeting and I was gone from David most of the day.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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Sat, 06-04-2011 - 10:54pm
Thats what she told me she was told. I don't know if its true or not. But either way she was pumping in her car. For a place that claims to bne so family friendly its not anymore.

 Cassie