pumping at school?

Kristin - posted on 10/22/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Has anyone gone back to school while breastfeeding and had to pump? How does this work since we have such a rigid schedule and can't leave the kids unattended. I teach HS chemistry and go back to work on Monday. I want to keep BF, but I don't want to give up all my prep and lunch time for pumping! What happens if you have to pump when you have kids in the room? Also, where have you gone to find a private space to do this?

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Carrie - posted on 11/04/2008

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I am also a HS Chem teacher and pumped last year all school year. I used my lunch time and put a curtain over the door and a little sign that said "Do not enter" on the doorknob. This kept other teachers from just using their master key and coming in. i actually taped it OVER the knob so they would have to poke through the paper to get their key in the door (some people are clueless). I was only able to have the 1 session, and if needed more i pumped before work at home (nursed right before, but i'd still get enough for one 3-4 ounce bottle from that session - mornings are a great time for supply). Also, read the milk memos. it's a great book - funny and informative. most of all - set small goals. it can be super frustrating, and for me it helped if I said... "I'll pump for one more week and see how I feel", then I'd tell myself that again and again and before you knew it it was christmas. you can do it!

Tara - posted on 10/30/2008

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Well...pumping sucks!!!! No doubt about it! My son was born Jan 1st and I'm still pumping at work. I pumped 2x a day up until recently (once during prep and the other during lunch). Now I only pump once during lunch. I am lucky, I have my own office so there is no problem there. Maybe there is an office noone is using or there is always the bathroom in the clinic. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 10/30/2008

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I just went back to work part time teaching after my second child. When I went back after my first, I tired pumping but was only able to find time to pump once a day and had lots of trouble getting my milk to let down without being with my child. I only ended up doing it for a couple of weeks then quit. I was able to continue to nurse in the morning and in the evening though until he was 10 months old--then I got pregnant with my second child and stopped! Now that I only work mon/wed/fri, I have been able to pump over my lunch break (like another mom said--I too have gotten good with pumping with one hand and eating lunch or checking emails with the other!). I have been doing this for the past two months of school and I have been able to keep my supply up so far. The main problem for me has been that lunch is the only time I have to see some of the other teachers--I miss being able to socialize and also network during that time. Good luck with whatever you choose to do!

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2008

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I live in NY and I am pretty sure that it is a law that the school provide you adequate time to breastfeed. If it does not fit into your regular schedule, I believe they need to find coverage. A friend of mine used the nurse's office to pump. Hope this is helpful.

Tiffany - posted on 10/29/2008

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I completely understand your concerns. I go back to work in December and my fist break in the day is at 12:45. Imagine going from 6 am to 12:45 without pumping. My boobs hurt just thinking about it. I am also in a open classroom school (think large warehouse broken up into 3 walled cubicles with the 4th wall open) so I can't even lock myself in my classroom and do it. I will however recommend a hands free pumping bra. I got a great one by Easy Expressions because I have twins and one is always crying so I have to hold a baby and pump at the same time. That way you can eat your lunch or grade papers and pump at the same time!

Anessa - posted on 10/28/2008

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I was so lucky, my admin moved my prep and lunch together so I had 75 minutes to run over and nurse. Nursing just took less time then pumping (My milk won't drop easily for a motor) what did kinda work (when I was traveling) was having a music tape i dubbed and used at night to nurse with, then played while pumping. You Can't Pump with kids in the room, but hopefully you can find a warm bathroom or an unused book storage closet. Wear button shirts and vests/scarves so you can be partly covered if you are walked in on. It is tough, but it is worth it. good luck.

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I am a kindergarten teacher and I had lunch and an afternoon prep. I usually pumped at lunch in my classroom's storage closet, then at the end of the day during prep time. The nurse also offered me a room in her office, but by the time my class was settled in lunch and I got there I barely had time to eat. When I first started back to work, my paraprofessional would watch the class for 15 mintues so I could relieve some of the pressure, the supply did go down after a while and I only had to pump once a day. It was lonely at work, but worth it because it was for my son.

Nicole - posted on 10/23/2008

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Oh, those were the days... You really have to look at your schedule and plan out the times that you are going to pump. Do you have a prep period? If so, plan to pump then everyday. Of course it was tough at first, changing the routine, but my body got used to it. My milk supply did go down a lot, so it was the beginning of a gradual ween (fully weened at 6 months, so I pumped at work for 3 months).

In terms of where to pump, do you have your own classroom? I put black paper over the window on the door, and locked it during my prep period to pump. That took about 20 minutes or so and I still had about 30 minutes left. I got really used to holding the pumps on me with one arm, while checking email, eating lunch, reading, etc.. with the other hand. You will get used to a system of your own eventually. There were days when I did not have my classroom free, or dropped my prep. Think about places in your school that you could go...ask around. People came to me and told me what they used to do 10-20 yrs. ago! I found a 'closet' behind the secretaries desk where they kept files. They put a chair in there for me and I would go down with my pump when I needed to. No one knows what you are doing, and like I said, you'll get used to a system of your own and it won't feel like so much work after a while. Ask the nurse too.

Good luck!

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