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Old 08-03-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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I didn't want to inconvenience my workplace/take breaks if I could help it (I'm a veterinarian in a small clinic) and I had plenty of work that can be done while sitting (writing records, inputting new inventory into the computer, etc.). So I got myself Freemies and am perfectly comfortable pumping in the shared doctors' office, even with people coming and going (and asking me questions, etc.). I put them on in the bathroom (I never mastered the slipping them under the bra technique) and then go hook up to the pump. It also helps that I have a large drawer next to my desk where I put the pump. With the drawer almost closed (only the tubing coming out), you can barely hear the pump going. I was a little embarassed at first, but got over it quick, knowing I was doing the very best thing ever for my baby.
This is dedication! I pump 3x at work every day and pump less than 10 ounces total. It sucks but its worth it to me. I agree with all the PPs. I eat oatmeal every day, have a pump bra, do something distracting while I pump, and focus on the baby. I use an office at work and have a paper cover over the door. I usually use an electric pump but this past week I used a manual pump just to try it out. I definitely prefer the electric pump, even though I get less with it, because I can have my hands free while I pump.

I think you should pump before and after work and on lunch break if you have one. Think of at other times during the day as a bonus! I've pumped many a times in my car. People give me odd looks but whatev. (:

Good luck and dont feel bad if it doesn't work out. I think you can make it work with only pumping minimal times at work. Just pump any other chance you get at home and your stash will slowly increase.

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Old 08-04-2012, 07:42 PM   #12
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The more you do it, the less awkward it will feel. I've only been back to work for a week, but I'm already feeling better about pumping. I'm lucky to have a very supportive workplace, especially because a coworker had a baby just 10 weeks before me, so we kind of join forces on anything mom-related. Like others have mentioned, I like to look at photos/videos of my DS when I'm pumping. I also have a hat of his that I keep in my purse that's nice to hang on to when pumping.

I think if there are other moms in your office who have done this, it'd be great for you to talk to them. If not, just find what works for you and keep trying different ways to make it worthwhile.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:35 PM   #13
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Just looked up the Freemie and that is pretty cool!

I find that if I distract myself while pumping, things go better. I use a hands free pumping system, and usually enjoy some time reading a book. Helps keep my mind off the pumping which allows me to pump more. I pump in an empty office this time around, but with DS1, I used a nursing cover and just pumped at my desk (fairly private cubicle). I have also been able to pump in some fairly public situations using a nursing cover.
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:07 PM   #14
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I work in an office and have tried going to the bathroom and in my own office but I get too nervous. Any suggestions?
According to Obamacare, which took effect August 1, 2012, your workplace MUST provide you a private, clean pumping area that is NOT a bathroom. So all you women that are pumping in a public space or in a bathroom...it is your RIGHT to a more private area.

My problem is, how do I get my work to enforce this? I am a teacher; my classroom is not private because it is connected to a stockroom that I share with 3 other teachers. The door to the stockroom has a large window and no lock on the door. The staff room is also not private because teachers are always walking in and out.
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According to Obamacare, which took effect August 1, 2012, your workplace MUST provide you a private, clean pumping area that is NOT a bathroom. So all you women that are pumping in a public space or in a bathroom...it is your RIGHT to a more private area.

My problem is, how do I get my work to enforce this? I am a teacher; my classroom is not private because it is connected to a stockroom that I share with 3 other teachers. The door to the stockroom has a large window and no lock on the door. The staff room is also not private because teachers are always walking in and out.
It would be your employers responsibility to create a suitable place. I'm lucky in that my work had a Mother's room before I started... This law was passed a few years ago in California, so it's something employers had to comply with for a while now.
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My problem is, how do I get my work to enforce this? I am a teacher; my classroom is not private because it is connected to a stockroom that I share with 3 other teachers. The door to the stockroom has a large window and no lock on the door. The staff room is also not private because teachers are always walking in and out.
At school we have multiple options for pumping - dressing rooms usually used for the play, storage rooms with no windows, the dark room, etc. But if I were you I'd talk to the other professionals who share the storage room with you. I would suggest that you ask permission to have the custodian install a slat lock or heavy duty hook and eye closure, which would prevent someone from going through the storage room into your room. If there is a window from the stockroom into your room, you can cover it with fabric on velcro. As long as the other women know you're pumping, chances are you will not even be bothered when the curtain is up, but just in case, you would have the lock. You can discuss this with your supervisor as an "easy and free way to be compliant with current federal laws." You could buy the lock if you wanted! They probably have an extra one from an old bathroom door, though!
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OP - for me, the easiest thing to do is for me to do was to watch movies on my phone of my little guys. Happy ones, crying ones, sleeping ones - didn't matter - worked like a charm.
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I've been pumping at work for 5 months now. I started in my office with blinds covering the windows, but my door doesn't lock! So I put a post it note on the door saying "do not disturb"... despite this, I was walked in on twice! The only other woman in my office is the secretary, so I switched to the bathroom. I put a little chair in there and made it as nice as possible. I usually surf facebook while I pump. It's not ideal, but it's been working for me.

My baby is 9 months old and I have noticed a drop in supply (I'm pumping 3x/work day, and getting about 10 oz. total). I just started eating lactation cookies & drinking extra water and I hope that works!!

Good luck - I know it's not the easiest thing to do (pump at work), but it's worth it!!
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i didn't have a place to pump at my work either this time around. so i just talked to HR about it and asked if they could find me a place. you don't have to try and scramble around to find something that will work, although i'm sure that they would appreciate suggestions. i work in a "cube farm" though, with the 1/2 wall cubes, so it's not private at all. and i'm not comfortable pumping under a cover with everyone else around. since i couldn't think of anything, i just asked the HR lady, and they found me a place. it IS a bathroom, but it's got just 1 single stall, and then a larger locker room type area. and no one uses it cause it's out on the production floor and there aren't any women working out there. the only reason i know about it is because it's where i used to go puke when i was pregnant so no one would hear me but they put a lock on the door and a nice, comfy chair. they were really great about it! just ask. it can't hurt. you don't need to go in informing them of your rights, they probably know. obviously, if they give you trouble pull the "these are my rights!" card. but otherwise, they should be accomodating
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Hi ivymama -
How did you know your baby went on strike? I recently returned to work and when I get home and BF my baby acts frustrated and pulls off.... I read on various threads on this site and on kellymom.com that could be from her age (she just turned 4 months) but I am wondering if it could also be from enjoying the bottle too much. I bought a tommee tippee which I read acted most like the breast and have instructed my caretaker to mimic breastfeeding when she feeds her but I am so fearful that my baby will no longer want to breastfeed.
Thanks in advance!
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