Pumping at work please help!

Ashley - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I work 4 ten hour shifts a week, my DD is 6 months old and i am still thoroughly enjoying breast feeding. while i'm at work i get three breaks to pump, they are hard to get although my work has a policy that i should get as many as i need i have to fight for just three, and they are NEVER at the same time of day from day to day. my problem is that i am not pumping enough to satisfy my daughters needs while she is at daycare. we are using solids to supplement also but i'm worried i will dry up before she is a year. please send some helpful suggestions on how i can pump more when i get to pump!

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Meagan - posted on 02/11/2010

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you could pump on the way to work and back, even if its like 10 mintues. get a power outlet for your lighter and the bra that holds the pump and then a blanket/apron. (i do it all the time if im away from the house) i work 12's also but luckly they give me time to pump. Sorry your going thru this

Amanda - posted on 02/11/2010

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Good Luck Honey, It is tough to do what you are doing. You sound focused and determined and that is half the battle. I can't imagine having to "ask" if you can go. That's ridiculous! In my state you have to use your breaks to pump.

Corrie - posted on 02/10/2010

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I worried about that too. I worked 2 jobs and some days was gone 12 hours. I never thought I was pumping enough for him either (usually only got 4 to 5 oz per pumping session). I went back to work when he was 8 wks old. You won't dry up just keep pumping and nurse as much as you can when you are home.Of course drinking as much water as possible helps too. My son is now 16 mos old and healthy and we are still nursing at least 2 times a day. Keep up the good work,,,Good luck!!!

Gloria - posted on 02/10/2010

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You should definitely look it up for your state. They tried to pull that crap with me when I returned from maternity leave, even gone as far as writing the time I go in and finish. I put a stop to it. Here is California, they have to provided me with a room or location other than a restroom stall for my sessions. It should be taken on break times. If they violate they are subject to a $100.00 fine for each time.

I agree with Lise, you're putting your health at risk. good luck!!

Lise - posted on 02/07/2010

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Look into the legality of that... I believe most states allow pumping on YOUR schedule and your work isn't allowed to say it's a bad time. If you go that long, you're putting YOUR health at risk - and they can't do that.

Ashley - posted on 02/07/2010

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thank you everyone! there are a few things i haven't tried and i am very eager to try them! i just really wish i could have scheduled times to pump but sometimes i go 5 hours without pumping because it just "isn't feesable at the moment" for everyone else! i've actually gotten so engorged that i pumped out over 9 oz in one sitting. the most i usually get after long periods is 6! again thank you so much!

Allmondeemomma - posted on 02/06/2010

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I pump at work also and it is hard to get away from work, I do about two -three sessions at work also if I am on schedule. I had to introduce solid foods at 3 months also to make sure my baby was satisfide and that helped me feel better. I also found out he did not take as much milk because he was full on baby food. As a result, I always had 1-2 bottles of milk that was not used when I left him with 5 at the sitters (my parents). I dont think you will dry up as long as you keep pumping.

I dont know if you are into supplements but I also take Fenugreek (made my Hubby pick it up at GNC). This helped me kick start my supply.

Andrea - posted on 02/06/2010

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Eat Oatmeal every day (if you like it) - Take the supplement "More Milk Plus" - AND, when you ARE home to breastfeed, do it every 2 hours in order to up your supply (at least for a couple of weeks) then, DEMAND a 4th break at work. Make sure too that daycare is not feeding too much. They should only be feeding as often as you are pumping. If they need to do more, and none of this works (which is unlikely) have them give ONE meal of formula - one a day is not going to be the end of the world, and the rest of her nutrition will be breastmilk.

Gloria - posted on 02/05/2010

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I pump 3 times a day at work plus 1 or 2 times at night. I eat oatmeal every morning and drink herbal tea mother's milk, from whole foods. I've had my share of low supply, but it quickly goes right back up. There was a point that I really thought I had to start formula because I didn't have enough in my freezer for daycare. Like Amy Woodson said, "you just have to work through it. Just when everything seems like it's going to fall apart, things start turning around."

One thing that I've been doing for 4 months now is pumping one breast with electric pump and hand expressing the other. I've found this to be very effective. Just be consistence in the time you pump. Try not to skip your pumping sessions then your body is going to think you don't need to produce so much milk.

Good luck to you and hope you get to reach your goal in breastfeeding your precious daughter.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/05/2010

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I've found putting pressure on my breasts while I pump (like if i was milking a cow, *lol*) really helps increase the amount of milk that I get. Also, I try and remember to drink lots and lots of water through out the day. Oh, and I nurse like crazy when I *am* with my daughter.

Kim - posted on 02/05/2010

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I know my sister had to supplement with formula towards the end. But not when her babe was that young. This was after she turned 1 year. But her tummy wouldn't tolerate formula unless it was mixed half with BM. Otherwise she projectile vomited it everywhere. I just wanted to point out that it might not be as easy as "just supplement with formula." I'd try everything possible before going to this because it might not work as flawlessly as you'd think.

Also I lean forward while pumping and towards the end I rub my breasts pushing towards my nipples and it pushes more milk out. Or put pressure under my armpits that works too.

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I too took a picture of my son to sit in front of me when I pumped; I found that the ones with him doing something funny worked best. Try thinking about playing with her or even picture yourself nursing. Fenugreek supplements and Yogi Tea organic Nursing Mom tea worked too. I know this is hard, but the more I fretted, the worse it was. Once I learned not to worry as much, the milk flowed even more. I stopped pumping when my son was a year, but at 21 months he still nurses at night.

April - posted on 02/05/2010

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bring a picture of your baby to look at while you pump. also, it sounds funny by getting on all fours (yes, like a dog!) helped me get more out too due to the gravity. anything you give your daughter will help her and your supply. happy pumping! oh and what is your occupation? i am wondering if you can actually pump WHILE working?

Amy - posted on 02/05/2010

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6 months was a really hard age for my daughter and me too. I thought for sure I was going to have to start formula. Don't fret! Things WILL get better. I work five days a week, 9 hour shifts with a 45 minute commute. My daughter, Avery, is almost 9 months old. I wish I had an easy solution for you, but let me just tell you what worked for me....

Around six months things got very hairy, she had her first cold and quit sleeping through the night. This made me very tired and I think that had a negative effect on my milk supply. Since I was up several times during the night, I decided to start pumping. I pumped for 15 min (dual pump) even if nothing came out, twice a night. After a week of this, I noticed my supply increased, especially in the afternoons. I also began flooding my body with water and stopped having my morning cup of coffee. These things seemed to help as well. There are teas and herbs I've tried, but the most efficient was an herb called Anise. It is a star shaped and taste of licorice. I boil one star per one cup of water. It taste horrible, but I really believe it helps. **Add a little sugar to smooth out the flavor.

Other than this, you just have to work through it. Just when everything seems like it's going to fall apart, things start turning around. I'm now pumping more milk than Avery can drink. It's awesome! The only issues we have now days, are teething and sleeping. And we're getting better with those too. I wish you the best of luck. And even if you do have to supplement, it's not the end of the world. You've done a great job breastfeeding this long and you should be proud of yourself and your baby.

Christine - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi I invested in a good electrical Medela Breast Pump which pumps both sides in plus minus 10-15 minutes and I pump during my lunch hour at work. I take medication to keep up the milk supply. My baby drinks formula during the day when I am at work from his bottle and I only breastfeed in the evenings and during the night and early morning. I give him the pumped breastmilk in the morning to daycare and the rest of the day he drinks formula. He drinks two to three bottles of formula per day, is on solids and is a happy bouncy baby. Maybe you should consider giving your baby some formula during the day as well. On weekends you could breastfeed when you're not working.

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