Returning to work in a restaurant

Nedra - posted on 07/16/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Ok, I have a 2 week old who is +1 lb from her birth weight, and breastfeeding is going fairly well (despite the obvious, like some soreness and lack of sleep). I had planned to take off at least 4 weeks after her birth, but now I am concerned about being able to continue once I go back to work. I work in a restaurant with approx. 6 hour shifts, and I will likely be working from 10am-4pm. The issue is that in a restaurant there are no regular breaks, except maybe a 5-10 minute "smoke break" that other workers takes when the lunch rush has died down. We also have no sort of office, just a bathroom (with no electrical outlet). So I am afraid I will not be able to pump at work. Do you have any advice for solutions to this? Also, when should I start pumping/storing? And what is an efficient/cheap way to store?
I had an issue with engorgement/baby refusing one side about a weak ago and was extremely low on cash due to maternity leave, so I bought the Playtex double electric breast pump (I think it was called the petite?) and it seems to work fairly well, I think the suction was just a little too high as it caused me to crack a little bit. But it doesn't have a battery option and I simply *can not* afford the expensive breast pumps. How can I make all of this work? I'm really concerned that I am going to have to quit....

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Amy - posted on 07/17/2012

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Do you have a car you can buy an electric converter that you can plug into your cigarette lighter. As far as returning to work has your doctor released you, most doctors keep you out for 6 weeks unless you specifically ask to go back sooner.

You could also hand express if the other option isn't viable for you. That doesn't require any electrical outlet, at least you'll be able to relieve yourself to keep from getting engorged. Also feed your little one right before work and once you return home, even if it means offering a dream feed.

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