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Working, breastfeeding moms Brantley+Savannah 2 kids; Mills River, NC, United States 3119 posts
16th Jul '13

Okay, so i plan on going back to work 6-8 weeks after having DD, i plan on breastfeeding as well.
How did you mamas work that out?
Was it difficult?
How often did you need to pump at work on 8 hr shifts?
I figured if i feed/pump right before work then i will only need to pump once or twice while at work and then feed/pump right after work.
Whats the best pump to get if i plan on doing this?
What are the best bottles to buy to prevent nipple confusion?
I dont plan on her having a bottle until i have to go back to work and am basically going to have her attached to my b**b for the 6-8 weeks im home.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
16th Jul '13

In an 8 hour span to keep your supply you should pump 3 times. Medela are the best pumps out there. Free style and in style are great! Bottles all depend on the baby! Good luck!

5 years= 5kids Due November 2; 4 kids; Sullivan, Missouri 2287 posts
16th Jul '13

ON a 8 hour shift I usually pump 4-6 times... I have 4 -15 minute pumps and then 1 longer pump.



I also pump on my way to and from work.. (I'm not driving)

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
16th Jul '13

I'll be honest and say it didn't go as planned. I worked 8 hour shifts at the time. I was lucky if I could pump once during my shift. You should pump every 3 hours, if you can. I work 12 hour shifts now. I'm worried I won't ever have time to pump. It didn't take long for my supply to dwindle. Eventually I was only able to pump an ounce at a time and so I had to supplement with formula. It didn't help that I was going to school, too. I just couldn't keep up my supply. Also, you may want to give your baby time to adjust to the bottle. If you wait until the last second, you may find that he/she won't take a bottle.

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
16th Jul '13
Quoting 5 years= 5kids:" ON a 8 hour shift I usually pump 4-6 times... I have 4 -15 minute pumps and then 1 longer pump. I also pump on my way to and from work.. (I'm not driving) "


Damn. How do you find time to do that? I could hardly manage to pump once during an 8 hour shift.

Brantley+Savannah 2 kids; Mills River, NC, United States 3119 posts
16th Jul '13

http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/



The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (

5 years= 5kids Due November 2; 4 kids; Sullivan, Missouri 2287 posts
16th Jul '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [37 wks]:" Damn. How do you find time to do that? I could hardly manage to pump once during an 8 hour shift."

I had this, and I"ve always worked in an office, So I could just shut my door and pump while I invoice....
http://www.giggle.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-giggle-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=0004093970&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=Nursing%20%26%20Feeding%22Nursing&utm_term=Medela%20Bustier%20Breast%20Pump%20System%20-%20Black&kpid=0004093970&gclid=CN_t4avqtLgCFSZp7AodjDQAfQ

Brantley+Savannah 2 kids; Mills River, NC, United States 3119 posts
16th Jul '13
Quoting 5 years= 5kids:" I had this, and I"ve always worked in an office, So I could just shut my door and pump while I invoice.... ... [snip!] ... I had this, and I"ve always worked in an office, So I could just shut my door and pump while I invoice.... http://www.giggle.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-giggle-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=0004093970&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=Nursing%20%26%20Feeding%22Nursing&utm_term=Medela%20Bustier%20Breast%20Pump%20System%20-%20Black&kpid=0004093970&gclid=CN_t4avqtLgCFSZp7AodjDQAfQ"


Thats what i was thinking about getting, ill be in a cubical though, even though i dont mind people coming in and happening to see something (Hell my kids gotta eat so they can just shove it), idk what my boss would think, id be able to work while pumping as well.



I work as a customer service representative in a call center taking incoming calls.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 21407 posts
status 16th Jul '13

I pumped or nursed right before I left work at 7, pumped for 15 min at 10, at 12:30, and at 3 if I was still at work. I used a Medela PISA and loved it. He hated bottles. He kind of took the drop ins with the medium orthodontic nipple (which I could only find online) but mostly he reverse fed and just waited till I got home. I suggest starting a bottle once a day after 3 or 4 weeks.

5 years= 5kids Due November 2; 4 kids; Sullivan, Missouri 2287 posts
16th Jul '13

My cousin has these little orb breast pumps, they just sit in your bra and 2 wires hang down from your shirt and when you are ready to pump you just hook them to the machine and bottle, no shirt lifting required. I've never been able to find them online, she says someone gave them to her.

Brantley+Savannah 2 kids; Mills River, NC, United States 3119 posts
16th Jul '13
Quoting 5 years= 5kids:" My cousin has these little orb breast pumps, they just sit in your bra and 2 wires hang down from your ... [snip!] ... machine and bottle, no shirt lifting required. I've never been able to find them online, she says someone gave them to her. "


http://freemie.com/productoverview.htm



Is that it?

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3304 posts
16th Jul '13

First off, look up your state laws regarding pumping at work, just in case your employer tries to give you shit. Know your rights.
I took an 8-week maternity leave. Started pumping around 6 weeks to build up a little supply. I used an Adiri bottle, but Avent are great too. Anything with a wider-based nipple. Tommee Tippee is another good brand (from what I've heard). I pumped twice during my 8-hour shifts. Woke up at 4:30, got ready for work, woke the baby, nursed him, pumped off the excess, went to work at 6. Took my first break around 9-9:30. Took my lunch at 12-12:30. I would have to go downstairs, get my food, clock out, run back upstairs, eat while pumping, run my dishes back downstairs, clock in, then I'd wash my parts when I got back upstairs. I always went a few minutes over on my breaks, but I dared anybody to give me a hard time about it. Got off at 2:30 and husband would usually try to hold him off til I got home so I could nurse right away upon getting home. If he had just taken a bottle within the last hour, I would pump again. When I wasn't pumping, I literally NEVER took my 15-minute breaks, so I had definitely earned them! Sometimes my husband would bring me baby at lunch so I could just nurse him instead of pumping, which was great. I was able to pump b/w 12 and 20 oz/day and build up a freezer supply of a few hundred oz. I worked for 4 months before I was let go, so then I went back to just exclusively bf'ing and was able to donate over 200 oz. I'm pregnant again so my supply is greatly diminished and I'm so thankful for my freezer supply! He still nurses, but drinks bm from his cup too. I'm down to about 15 bags in the freezer, but he's almost 13 months so when it's gone, we'll switch to whole milk from the cup and I'll keep nursing him as long as he wants. :)



Oh I also have the Medela Pump 'n Style. It's the older brief-case looking style with an insulated section to store the milk in. LOVE it!

5 years= 5kids Due November 2; 4 kids; Sullivan, Missouri 2287 posts
16th Jul '13

Yup thats it! .. I'm kinda jealous of it lol I want one soo bad

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3304 posts
16th Jul '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [37 wks]:" Damn. How do you find time to do that? I could hardly manage to pump once during an 8 hour shift."


You just HAVE to do it. There was ALWAYS something else I "could" have been doing, but I knew in order to keep up my supply, I had to step back, let someone else step up and cover me, and go pump. It was extremely important to me to not use any formula, so I just did it. Pissed co-workers off sometimes, but I didn't care (and for the most part, my co-workers were pretty great, but they did make unnecessary remarks sometimes). My baby is more important.



ETA: I missed where the person you quoted said 4 - 6 times in an 8-hour shift! That's just crazy! Legally, we were required our 30-minute lunch and 1 15-minute paid break, 2 paid "if time allowed". So I used both my legal breaks.

Brantley+Savannah 2 kids; Mills River, NC, United States 3119 posts
16th Jul '13
Quoting 5 years= 5kids:" Yup thats it! .. I'm kinda jealous of it lol I want one soo bad"


I know, i looked at it and i was like OMG i want it! lol. But it says they are out of stock but to send an email to be put on the waiting list........:(