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Need advice (breast feeding) Deidria Lee 1 child; Buckhannon, West Virginia 68 posts
8th May '13

Ok so I've been breast feeding my daughter since she was born and the time is coming for me to return back to work. My 6 week checkup is the 15th so I will be going back to work soon after. Well I haven't been able to store really any breast milk at all because I just got a pump through wic. So what I'm really needing to know is can I return to work with barely having any breast milk stored up? I'm kinda worried and not really sure what to do.

Mrs. Daniel 1 child; California 547 posts
8th May '13

I would start pumping like, now! Just pump pump pump and nurse nurse nurse. As long as you have an ounce per hour that lo is away from you for the first day she will be fine. That's how much is normal for ebf babies. Pump at work when you have a chance and pump when you get home if lo isn't hungry when you walk in the door. Pump after she has nursed when you get home if you feel age has t emptied you. You can do it mama! Your supply should bump itself up in a couple days. Pump on your days off and store. That's when your stash will really get beefed up.

DeanJade&Mak's Mom 3 kids; Covina, CA, United States 8822 posts
8th May '13

Pump a day in advance??



I used an cheap lil handpump, I pumped enough milk to feed him 4 months after I stopped pumping lol



It was like 30.00 online, it was a single ameda handpump

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
8th May '13

Pump like crazy if you don't want to supplement. If you are against supplementing with any formula then I would probably say wait until you get some milk stored up but try to start stock piling now. Eventually you should be able to kind of get into a routine with it.

Deidria Lee 1 child; Buckhannon, West Virginia 68 posts
8th May '13

What happens if I can't pump at work? Sorry for all the questions.

Mrs. Daniel 1 child; California 547 posts
8th May '13

How long are your shifts? If they're only 4 hours then you should be fine until you get off, if you go to work empty and pump or nurse when you gt home. If they're 8 hour shifts your employer should be working with you to make this possible. Six should be able to help you know which laws apply to you.

Serial Mom ✄ 18 kids; Michigan 2690 posts
8th May '13

Didn't the hospital give you a manual pump for free?

Mrs. Daniel 1 child; California 547 posts
8th May '13

I meant wic not six.

Deidria Lee 1 child; Buckhannon, West Virginia 68 posts
8th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Serial Mom ✄:</b>" Didn't the hospital give you a manual pump for free?"</blockquote>




No I ended up getting a manual breast pump through wic.

Deidria Lee 1 child; Buckhannon, West Virginia 68 posts
8th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Daniel:</b>" How long are your shifts? If they're only 4 hours then you should be fine until you get off, if you go ... [snip!] ... your employer should be working with you to make this possible. Six should be able to help you know which laws apply to you."</blockquote>



Most likely my shifts will be 8-9 hours a day 5 days a week.

Mrs. Daniel 1 child; California 547 posts
8th May '13

The hospitals around here don't give them out either. I got a madela harmony for like $35 and I love it. Prefer it hands down to my pump in style. But everyone's different I suppose.

Serial Mom ✄ 18 kids; Michigan 2690 posts
8th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Daniel:</b>" The hospitals around here don't give them out either. I got a madela harmony for like $35 and I love it. Prefer it hands down to my pump in style. But everyone's different I suppose."</blockquote>



They give us a medela hand pump for free.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
8th May '13
Quoting Deidria Lee:" What happens if I can't pump at work? Sorry for all the questions."


Legally they are required by law to give you a place and time throughout your shift to be able to pump.

Deidria Lee 1 child; Buckhannon, West Virginia 68 posts
8th May '13
Quoting White Chocolate Milk:" Legally they are required by law to give you a place and time throughout your shift to be able to pump."


I never knew that. Guess that is something I'll have to talk to HR about before returning. Thank you.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
8th May '13
Quoting Deidria Lee:" I never knew that. Guess that is something I'll have to talk to HR about before returning. Thank you."


They should know all about it, but I would do some research beforehand just in case they try to deny you, or say it isn't true or whatever. Because it definitely is a law.