Is it hard to breastfeed while working a full time job?

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Angela - posted on 03/11/2009

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I agree with the PP. I too am I RN that works 12 hour shifts on a telemetry floor. The staff there have been very flexible with breastfeeding moms, partly because the hospital itself is baby friendly. I would suggest getting a good double electric pump...if you can't afford one, you may be able to rent one. Just check with your local LC or with the LLL. I would then recommend besides pumping every 3-4 hours at work, pump when you first wake up in the morning, before your LO feeds (don't worry when your LO is hungry, your breasts will make enough milk) and then first thing when you get home from work. Before you go back to work, start pumping and freezing. BM is good in your freezer for 3-4mos...and up to a year in the deep freezer! My LO is only a month old, and I have about 45oz frozen in preparation for me going back to work and unforseen growth spurts. When you do pump at home, get your breasts used to pumping by pumping after feedings. Some moms will pump one breasts, while your LO eats on the other. I personally will just pump both breasts after the feeding. I right now will get about 3oz when I pump after a feeding and 5oz when I pump without a feeding. Finally when you do go back to work, let your employer know of your wishes to breastfeed so they can help acommadate (sp?) your wishes. And as Nicole said, you'll need at least 15-20min to pump and a quiet, distraction free location. Good Luck!

Nicole - posted on 03/10/2009

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If you have a good pump, and at least 15 to 20 minutes every 3 hours to go pump, then it should be manageable.  I did it after my first child was born and I was an RN working in the Emergency room, then on a cardiac floor doing 12 hour shifts.  Good Luck!

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