Pumping at work

Sia - posted on 11/10/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My second baby is due in February. I will be on maternity leave for 2 months, then it's back to work. Based on my job (and commute time) I will be away from my baby :-( for about 10 hours. I want to continue nursing, but am worried about my supply decreasing. I am curious to how many working moms pump at work. any advice welcome

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Jessica - posted on 11/12/2008

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Since my son never latched on, I have been pumping every day for five months. I found that Fenugreek helped to increase my milk supply a bit. However, it has been very difficult keeping up with his appetite. I try to pump at least 2-3 times per day at work and 2 times at home, but it has been quite challenging. I plan to continue to pump and provide him with breastmik, but I had to start supplementing him with formula. He has done fine and it does take a little of the pressure off. Good luck and congratulations!

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2008

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I also pumped at work for a year after my son was born. I found that around 6 months, my supply started to decrease. The only way I could keep up with my son's eating was to pump more frequently. So if he was taking 3 bottles at daycare, I would need to pump at least 4 times when we were apart. Pumping more often in the morning helps too as your supply is generally better then. Also in looking back, I wished that I had pumped and frozen more milk when he was 1 - 4 months old as that would have helped ease the anxiety about running out at the end.

Leslie - posted on 11/11/2008

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I have an office so I would lock my door and pump there. One option for that commute is to get the car adapter and pump on the way home. My biggest problem was supply after my daughter started solids. It started to get really hard to make enough and I stressed about it. Good luck!!!

Erin - posted on 11/11/2008

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I am in my 8th month of pumping at work and plan to do so until my daughter turns 1 in January. My office does not have a pumping room so I have to make due with a chair in the handicap stall or shower stall in the bathroom. It is not an ideal situation but I really wanted to continue exclusively with breast milk for at least the first year. It can be really hard and I started pumping 3 times a day but now only pump twice a day (I am away from my daughter for about 9 hours). I was very upfront with my boss that this was something I was going to do and made no apologies for having to take time out of my day to pump. Some people think it's weird but I have gotten support from other mothers in my office and in my building. It is a lot easier to keep it up if you stay relaxed and remember that you are doing a great thing for your baby! Good luck!

Angie - posted on 11/10/2008

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I nursed my son exclusively for the first year and it was definitely a challenge to keep up with the pumping. My work has "Mommy" rooms, which really helped. The biggest challenge for me was working it into my schedule. I also was away from my baby for a long time - about 11 hours due to my commute time. I tried to pump 3 times a day while I was away from him. By the end, my supply was really starting to go down, but I managed to make it the whole first year without supplementing with formula. It's a huge sacrifice, but so worth it. One tip that worked for me is making sure that I relaxed and thought about my baby while pumping. When my mind was on other things, I noticed that I didn't get as much. Congratulations, and good luck!

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I pumped at work for a year after my first child. It was one of the most challenging things I have had to do as a parent, but don't regret a minute of it. I was lucky because I could take my lunch hour to go to her daycare and nurse, but on days I couldn't I pumped at 9:30, noon, and 2:30 or so to keep the flow going. I also helped support my supply with fennegruk tea and vitamins when things started to diminish a bit. I also made sure I nursed right before and right after work. I think the hardest part about pumping isn't the actual task of it, but making sure collegues understand, and finding a save sanitary place to do it. I pumped in all manner of places and it became a bit of an adventure. I wish you all the best and will be right there with you come summer once I return to work after my second arrives. :)

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