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Pumping at work

Posted by on Aug. 18, 2013 at 12:22 AM
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I'm going to be returning to work in a few days. What tips or advice do you have for the actual pumping? I will be given extra time to pump during lunch however, it looks like FL does not have any requirements for breast feeding working moms, does anyone have any tips for quick setup and storage for pumping away from home?
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audmom1218
by Silver Member on Aug. 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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After pumping, put all parts in a gallon sized ziplock and put in the fridge, that way you can just pull them out and pump for the next session.  Take everything home at the end of the day to wash.  I found it was helpful to keep a supply of bottles to pump into at work, in case I forgot anything. 

And most importantly make sure you read up on bottlefeeding the breastfed baby (if you haven't alresady) so you know how much to send.  I didn't do that before going to work and my inlaws were overfeeding massively!  (4-6oz every 3 hrs!!!)  I couldn't keep up!! Once I learned the proper amounts to feed, and bottle sizes were 2oz ever 2 hrs, my pump supply came right back up, and DD was nursing much more at home. 


Hope this helps!! I nursed from 6 weeks until 14 months.  I ended up donating about a gallon to a local mom through HM4HB because DD wasn't drinking anymore at daycare and it was just sitting in the freezer. 

GoodyBrook
by on Aug. 18, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Will you be able to keep your pump set up in a room?  It's much faster to do it this way than have to set it up and take it down each time, even if it's only an extra 30 seconds!

I have a small cooler in my car for transporting the milk from work.  Keep a few ice packs frozen in the freezer and toss a new one into the cooler along with the milk to keep it cold on the way home...

3MusketeerMama
by Emma Rye on Aug. 18, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Have a picture or video of your baby. It helps make let-down faster

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Aug. 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Never wash a thing at work. You can rinse, don't wash. Have the pump as "assembled" as you can at all times (I never removed the tubing on my Lactina, just popped the funnel/bottle assembly on which took all of two seconds.)

Pump for TIME, not amount. When you're done, turn it off, throw the funnel in a plastic bag (rinse if you want) and go back to work.

Setup/teardown altogether took me about 30 seconds. Not each.. altogether. I did make a point of having multiple funnels and never washed anything at work.

Emadele
by Bronze Member on Aug. 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

FEDERAL law states that the company must make adequate accommodations for you, with some exceptions (small business, etc)


here is the text of the law:

1 SEC. 4207. REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTH-

2 ERS. 

3 Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 

4 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the fol-

5 lowing: 

6 ‘‘(r)(1) An employer shall provide— 

7 ‘‘(A) a reasonable break time for an employee to 

8 express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year 

9 after the child’s birth each time such employee has 

10 need to express the milk; and 

11 ‘‘(B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is 

12 shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-

13 workers and the public, which may be used by an em-

14 ployee to express breast milk. 

15 ‘‘(2) An employer shall not be required to compensate 

16 an employee receiving reasonable break time under para-

17 graph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose. 

18 ‘‘(3) An employer that employs less than 50 employees 

19 shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, 

20 if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by 

21 causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when 

22 considered in relation to the size, financial resources, na-

23 ture, or structure of the employer’s business. 

24 ‘‘(4) Nothing in this subsection shall preempt a State 

25 law that provides greater protections to employees than the 

26 protections provided for under this subsection.’’. 

MomTo2Boys12
by on Aug. 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM
I work long hours (from about 5:00pm-3:30am) and being as my place of employment doesn't have a place for me to pump, I am able to go home to pump. So every three hours I go home to pump for an hour. So when I get home I nurse for a half hour, and then pump each side for 15 minutes.
tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Aug. 18, 2013 at 4:44 PM


Keep in mind this is for HOURLY employees only

Quoting Emadele:

FEDERAL law states that the company must make adequate accommodations for you, with some exceptions (small business, etc)


here is the text of the law:

1 SEC. 4207. REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTH-

2 ERS. 

3 Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 

4 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the fol-

5 lowing: 

6 ‘‘(r)(1) An employer shall provide— 

7 ‘‘(A) a reasonable break time for an employee to 

8 express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year 

9 after the child’s birth each time such employee has 

10 need to express the milk; and 

11 ‘‘(B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is 

12 shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-

13 workers and the public, which may be used by an em-

14 ployee to express breast milk. 

15 ‘‘(2) An employer shall not be required to compensate 

16 an employee receiving reasonable break time under para-

17 graph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose. 

18 ‘‘(3) An employer that employs less than 50 employees 

19 shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, 

20 if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by 

21 causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when 

22 considered in relation to the size, financial resources, na-

23 ture, or structure of the employer’s business. 

24 ‘‘(4) Nothing in this subsection shall preempt a State 

25 law that provides greater protections to employees than the 

26 protections provided for under this subsection.’’. 



Emadele
by Bronze Member on Aug. 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM

well thats crappy, guess that falls under the 'not required to compensate'... sad. ive been lucky that IN laws state the employer shall provide reasonable paid brake times for pumping moms.  and my employer has been amazing about it.  they are even willing to allow me to keep the paid pumping breaks up to 2 yrs if i chose.  but i have already cut back to just pumping on my of-the-clock lunch time.  

Quoting tabi_cat1023:


Keep in mind this is for HOURLY employees only

Quoting Emadele:

FEDERAL law states that the company must make adequate accommodations for you, with some exceptions (small business, etc)


here is the text of the law:

1 SEC. 4207. REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTH-

2 ERS. 

3 Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 

4 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the fol-

5 lowing: 

6 ‘‘(r)(1) An employer shall provide— 

7 ‘‘(A) a reasonable break time for an employee to 

8 express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year 

9 after the child’s birth each time such employee has 

10 need to express the milk; and 

11 ‘‘(B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is 

12 shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-

13 workers and the public, which may be used by an em-

14 ployee to express breast milk. 

15 ‘‘(2) An employer shall not be required to compensate 

16 an employee receiving reasonable break time under para-

17 graph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose. 

18 ‘‘(3) An employer that employs less than 50 employees 

19 shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, 

20 if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by 

21 causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when 

22 considered in relation to the size, financial resources, na-

23 ture, or structure of the employer’s business. 

24 ‘‘(4) Nothing in this subsection shall preempt a State 

25 law that provides greater protections to employees than the 

26 protections provided for under this subsection.’’. 




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