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Going back to work

Posted by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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So my baby girl is 6 weeks old and I will be going back to work in the next week or so. I have been pumping and breastfeeding, she is not very good at the whole brestfeeding thing so I pump and give her bottles also. But that is not my question. My question is this...How did you bring it up to your boss that you needed to pump at work? Where did you end up pumping? And any tips you can give me for pumping at work would be very much appreciated. Also I do not get lunch breaks because I teach 3 yeard olds so that is not an options. 

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by Ruby Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM
You should be able to Google the laws in your state that pertain to breastfeeding mothers. By federal law you cannot be denied breaks. Also look up the article on pumping at

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by Group Admin -Tabitha on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Are you paid hourly? Federal law says they must give you pumping breaks as needed til baby is a year old.  Basically explain to your boss that you will need a ppuping break for about 15-20 every 3 hours.  If your boss says thats not possible, remind them of the law.  They must also give you a place that is NOT a bathroom.

That being said.  If baby is having issues nursing you really should get help.  Baby nursing when home and not takig a bottle is what will guarantee your supply.  Exclusive pumping is very hard to maintain so if possible baby should be nursed when together and bottle when apare.

WHen you say shes not good at nursig..what do you mean?

by Ruby Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM
My brain is a little slow this morning. Is it possible for your baby to be cared for in the same facility where you're working? She could be brought to you to nurse. Have you talked with an IBCLC about her nursing problems?
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Know that for your best chaces of long term success, nurse when you are with baby and limit bottles for when you are away.

There is lots of info on working with your employer, and preparing for your return to work, including state and federal laws, in this article:

Preparing for Your Return to Work: The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide

by Alicia on Mar. 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

 About a week or so before I went back I called my supervisor and said when I come back I will need a place to pump and my old break schedule was fine, I didnt need any changes there.  My first day back I went to her and asked where I was supposed to pump, she told me that they sent out an e-mail to all of the women on my floor with my schedule and said the bathroom would be out of order during those times.  I kinda laughed and said no.  I told them I would be using the office on the next floor down that I knew was empty.  I asked my supervisor if she would be comfortable knowing her meals were made in a bathroom?  I also told them it was against the law for them to suggest I do so.  By my first break I had an e-mail apologizing from the banks CEO (I work for a large community bank, maybe 200 people on payroll but the CEO knows us all by name and our families) and the head of HR and was told that the office I mentioned had been made mother friendly for me when ever and for as long as I choose.  They put a big comfy desk chair in there, a little tv and a mini fridge if I wanted to use it.  Also they put a sign on the door that if the door is closed, do not disturb.

We were bought out by a large bank and I told them one of the terms for me staying on temp work was I needed that room to stay the way it was or they had to provide something comprable, not nasty or know-it-all way just nicely put, I was hoping they would say no and they wouldnt offer me the job so I could stay home and go to school.  The first person that interviewed me said no way, have fun on unemployment (not in so many words but basically).  Then my CEO talked to the head of HR there and they have decided that I can keep that office as a pump room so Im good for part time until 12/31/13, then the temp job is over.

by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Yes I am paid hourly. No it is not possible for her to go where I work they do not have an infant room. As for her breastfeeding issues its a long list and I have talked to many breastfeeding specialists and its  breastfeed just not possible to completely breastfeed her. I do still put her to the breast if its night time and shes still hungry after her bottle or if its during the day and Imin a place where it is possible. She has many issues one of the being Severe GERD, whihc makes her arch and pull away from the breast every 3-5 minutes or so. She gets cereal in her milk to help with it which as you can tell is not possible if giving directly from breast. She also has a crooked nose from being stuck in my birth canal and hitting my pelvic bone. Which makes it very hard for her to breath when breastfeeding. And their are some other issues too, but we are doing what we can and that is all that matters! We havent given up and I know exclusive pumping is hard Ive been doing it for 6 weeks pretty much. Thanks for all the help and advice!

by Ruby Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Oatmeal and basil (but not basil oil, too strong) are two things that will help increase supply. I think there is also an exclusive pumping group on CafeMOM that should be of help to you. Kudos for your hard work!
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