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How long and how often do you get to pump at work? How long does it take to set up your pump? Does that cut into your time?

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Asked by mbarkley87 at 2:41 PM on Nov. 29, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • For a 20 minute pump session (dual pump) it normally takes 40 minutes from set up to clean up.

    I pumped about every 3 hours.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 2:45 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • do you get coompensated for your breaks, and is there a lactation room?

    Comment by mbarkley87 (original poster) at 2:48 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • When I was pumping at work, I could finish the whole job in 15 minutes. Here's the trick: Never wash anything. Have as many sets of funnels as you have pump sessions in a day. I had three for my Lactina. Dirties got tossed into a plastic bag and washed at home. I could set up in less than a minute, tear down even faster than that, which left me the bulk of the 15 minutes to pump. And I always went for time rather than amount.


    Answer by gdiamante at 2:48 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • Another trick: I stopped using the Lactina's case. The funnels went into a bag that was easier to deal with than that stupid case. The Lactina had a handle and could be carried on its own. No lactation room; small strange setup with a bathroom that was cleaner than my mom's house! (And she was a clean freak.) I used my regular break time, but was salaried so no clocking anyway.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:52 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • I am salary so I got compensated but I also worked more hours that I got paid for. They provided 2 areas for pumping. One was a conference room with a lock and the other was the first aid room (only as a back up).

    Answer by Jademom07 at 2:56 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • Great tip gdiamante! I'll have to remember that with the next one.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 2:57 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

  • I pumped 2x a day and it took about 20 minutes each time. This includes walking there (1 minute), set up (2 minutes), pumping and wash up/walk back (2 minutes). I took 2 sets of "horns" so I didn't have to clean the parts - I could save that until I got home.

    Once the child is 8 months old I go to 1 pumping per day.

    Answer by at 3:56 PM on Nov. 29, 2010

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