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