How long have people managed to keep pumping after going back to work?

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2008 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I've been doing it for four months and I hate the pump!

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Misty - posted on 12/13/2014

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I've been pumping for eight months. It's very hard. I want to stop but i become so emotional I can't. I get depressed when I try to stop not sure why but I want to stop I'm down to three pumps a day.

Carissa - posted on 12/21/2008

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I completely agree with you! It was a love/hate relationship with my pump. As a teacher, I could only pump 2x a day (lunch & my prep time about 1.5 hours apart). I began to hate bringing all the pumping supplies, lunch breaks in a closet-hoping that my high school students wouldn't walk in on me & just the time, I once figured out that I spent almost 40 hours a week nursing my baby & then pumping too! But I made it through an entire school year; I did begin to cut down to pumping once a day when my baby turned one. You are almost to the one year mark!

Amy - posted on 12/21/2008

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I went back to work when my baby was 3 months old. I've been pumping for the last 7 1/2 months. I pump 2-3 times at work, but my son has a big appetite and I don't get enough milk at those session. So, I either get up early and pump before the baby wakes up or pump on one side while he nurses on the other side. So far, he hasn't had any formula. My goal is to pump until he is 12 months old, and then just nurse after that.

Shannon - posted on 12/21/2008

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With my daughter I pumped till she was 18 months old, used a Avent isis at work and did fine. Now with my son I am having problems with getting enough milk... not sure why, my let dows take forever, even when he nurses.... anyway, when I do pump at wrk, and it has only been a month so far, I get about 9 oz a day.... barely enough to supply him while I am at work, so I don't know how long I can keep going....

Christy - posted on 12/20/2008

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A lot of it has to do with what kind of pump you had. With my first child, I had a very inefficient, cheap pump and it was a pain in the neck. With my second and third children, I had a nice Medela Pump in Style, and it was a breeze! It got more out of me in 10 minutes (double pumping) than the other pump did in over half an hour. With a nice pump, I was able to pump up to a year!

Elizabeth - posted on 12/20/2008

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Hi, When my son was born the nurses told me he was unlatchable, so I started pumping from day one. Its been 12 months and sometimes it is annoying and frustrating but I keep thinking, if it's what my son wants and needs then I will do it as long as he needs. I work too and I pump 9oz every 5 hours so I only have to pump maybe 1 or 2 times at work. Its hard but its worth it.

Hope - posted on 12/20/2008

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I've now been pumping for 4 months as well and the thing that really changed my attitude was I got a good pump (Medela in style) so that it would only take 10 min. and I got one of those bra things that holds the cups for you so that your hands are free and you can do other things...check email...eat lunch...you know all that important stuff that you don't have time for because you're stuck in a closet again! :) I found the bra at babycenter, it's strapless and it works really well. Before I had the Medala the pump weighed one side down, but I still had one good hand free or I propped it up with something.

Jennifer - posted on 12/20/2008

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Thanks for your replies! Sheer bloody-mindedness is the only thing keeping me going some days! I plan to go until he's one year old, which is only two months away. Then, no more pumping.

Angela - posted on 12/18/2008

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I hear you! I feel like I am stuck to the darn pump all the time! I am thinking of supplementing at daycare and nursing when we are home together. MY son is 6 months old.

Monica - posted on 12/18/2008

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I think I went back to work when my son was about 12 weeks old. I would pump about every 3 hours at work. I went exclusively breastfed my son for 8 months until I could no longer stand the pumping, with going to school & working I grew to hate it! Plus I was always stressed out about not having enough milk & I felt like I could only go to work or school otherwise I would be wasting the milk I had saved. Finally after 8 months I quit pumping all together & started supplementing formula while I was away. Everythings working out great now & i still breastfeed him all the time when we are together.

Shay - posted on 12/18/2008

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Oh I hate pumping too. I am a teacher and its very stressful to fit it into my schedule but its worth it knowing I wont be giving my child formula. I love breastfeeding when I am home so I keep remembering that.

Joan - posted on 12/18/2008

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I went back to work when my daughter was 3 months old, and pumped with my Medela Pump In Style Advanced 3x per day, about every 2.5 hours for 20-25 minutes. At 5 months, she started outpacing how much I could pump and I had to dip into the frozen reserve. By 6 months, I had to start supplementing with a few oz of formula a day. I dropped to 2x per day when she was 8 or 9 months; 1x per day at 12 months. Currently she is 12-1/2 months old. On mornings, nights, and weekends, I nurse as much as possible when we are together and supplement with formula, and of course she is starting to eat a considerable amount of solid food. I wish I had not had to use formula, but any bit of breastfeeding that we can hold onto is beneficial. I totally hate to pump, but my workplace is very accommodating with a specially-designated "Wellness Room" and I use a laptop so I can do some work while I'm hooked up to the darned contraption! The "Made By Moms" pumping band is very helpful, by the way. Good luck to you!

Jaclyn - posted on 12/18/2008

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I went back to work at 10 weeks and pump every 2-3 hours. But apparently I suck at as I can only get about 4 oz per session. I'm having trouble with my milk supply now so I'm going to start fenugreek today and hopefully that'll work.

Allie - posted on 12/18/2008

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I managed till my son was 1 but then stopped because it was difficult to organise my working day around it as I have a very unusual job. My employer could not have been more supportive of my continuing to breastfeed but I now only feed my son when we are together.

Zee - posted on 12/17/2008

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I went back to work when my son was 6 weeks old. I started pumping when he was 2 weeks old and I'm still pumping. He'll be a year old next month. I don't like to pump, but my baby has to eat. :-) I have 2 Medela Pump in Styles. One for home and one for work. I have a pretty good supply and can get about 10 oz. per session and I pump 2 times a day.

Sharon - posted on 12/17/2008

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My first born was born tongue tied so I pumped from day 1. By the time I got him latched, he couldn't keep up with the letdown and was furious more than anything so I strictly pumped. I had so much milk, I was easily pumping 60oz a day. I pumped until my son was 8 months old and had enough milk until he was a year. The only reason I stopped pumping was because my son was going through a bone marrow transplant and I was so stressed and tired, and it just took a toll on my body or I would've pumped forever. I'm a firm believer that breast milk does wonders. My advice is to keep up with it as long as you can because the benefits are great.

Melissa - posted on 12/17/2008

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I work 16 hours shifts as a medical technologist, so I have to pump at work quite often. The first two months, I prided myself on waiting until my boobs became so engorged that I could get 6+ oz and not have to go on so many breaks, then I got mastitis. I felt so sick I went to the other extreme and pumped every two hours just to make sure I never blocked my ducts again, but then I could never get any work done. Now I pump every 4 hours or so, which is about as often as my 7 month old eats. The Medela Pump in Style is awesome; I couldn't live without getting both at once as quickly as possible. I don't hate pumping as much as the 15-25 minutes it takes me to do it, as well as the time spent cleaning all the parts for the next time! Now I've been pumping at work for about five months and getting to the point where I'd like to start weaning off the breast and get her onto formula the rest of her first year

Alison - posted on 12/17/2008

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I've been back to work and pumping for about 1.5 months and my daughter is 6.5 now. I use the Medela Pump in Style. I hate pumping too but got to do what I have to do to keep her from going on formula. I never thought I'd make it this long so no point stopping now. I usually pump in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon at work. Luckily I have an office door I can lock so its not as bad as I thought it would be. I know it takes longer, but I pump one side at a time so I have the free hand to work while I pump. It works for me. If I had to go into another room to pump I don't think I would have lasted long at all.

Rachael - posted on 12/17/2008

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I was able to do it for 8 months after going back to work/school I did it while breastfeeding when I was at home for the first 4 months though also. That was with my first...now I am on month 3 pumping with our second and it is going good. It is a ton of work though almost a full time job in itself!

Kalah - posted on 12/17/2008

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I pumped till about 14 months. I have a Medela pump in style. It didn't like it, but it was worth it to make sure my daughter didn't have to drink formula. If pumping at work is a problem you could try pumping one breast while the baby is on the other while you're at home. You get the milk faster and you won't have to do it at work.

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