More adventures in breastfeeding…

by Christa on January 29, 2014

in Baby Gins,Daily Digest

Honestly, I never knew it could be such an adventure! If there’s one thing I’ve learned about breastfeeding, it’s that you have to be super dedicated to it for it to work.

As I mentioned, this past weekend I went to NYC for 24 hours to surprise a friend – she had a fantastic time at her bachelorette party, and I’m so glad! It was incredibly hard being away from baby Rachel (so hard that I changed my flight that day to come home a few hours earlier), but the hardest part was making sure to keep up with pumping while I was away. Let me tell you, I was killing my own buzz. Sorry ladies, I’ll be a little late to the burlesque class, gotta pump! Hang on, let me duck into the bathroom of this lounge for a sec! Not fun.

It was such a great time, just a little depressing to be constantly focused on my BOOBS. The other ladies were very reassuring and supportive though. I’m so lucky to have such encouraging friends! I don’t think I could do it without all of the support because shit, man, it’s hard.

I started part-time at work this week. I will be full-time again in two weeks, which is also depressing. I love that we’ve found such a great caregiver for Rachel, but I’m so sad every morning to be leaving her, and that I won’t get all the smiles and snuggles and love during the day. Sure, I’ll be missing the crying and the poopy diapers, but I’d take some of those for the smiles!

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It’s so awkward to pump at work. I had to request that one of the conference rooms have a lock placed on it, and explain why I needed that. I’ve been using a currently empty office. It’s like, this is hard enough already, and I know I shouldn’t feel this way, but having everyone know what I’m doing behind closed doors makes me feel embarrassed. I’m trying to get over that.

That’s where I’m at these days. Any of you other working moms have some tips?

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Alicia bain January 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I give full props for keeping it up cause it is hard. I think that’s part of the reason why I’m not producing near as much as I was the first month. I still try to breastfeeding in the mornings and at night and during any times during the middle of the night but during the day it’s mostly formula. :(
I had been pumping but I would get frustrated when I couldn’t get very much and I think subconsciously I kinda gave up.
As for pumping at work don’t be embarrassed. There is nothing to be embrassed about feeding your child. I pumped at work several times. I have to say it was good to get away from everyone for a moment while I pumped. :)
I commend you and your doing a great job!!

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Christa January 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

I know what you mean – it is super frustrating to pump and barely get anything. I figure any breastmilk is a good amount! She gets all the antibodies and I get to keep my sanity. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

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KiTX January 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm

I don’t really have tips (except to wear camis, because being entirely bare-torso is cold!) but I’ve been pumping at work for around 3 months now and second Alicia- nothing to be embarrassed about! Luckily I’m the second woman in our 7 person office to pump within 18 months time, so it wasn’t a biggie. Just remember the pump isn’t as loud as you might think through a closed door, and you’re being a kick ass modern working mommy who is taking care of her little girl. And if you can get pics during the day (assuming it doesn’t make you sad), it’s a nice reassuring reminder that Rachel is happy and being well cared for til you get home!

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Christa January 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Thank you! That’s awesome to have a fellow pumper on hand. I have been keeping the pump in my bag when it’s on because I feel like it is SO LOUD! Thanks lady! I do love hearing what Rachel is doing during the day and that she’s being cared for, even if it’s without me…

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Jess February 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm

The walls were so thin at the old Blossom location that everyone could hear me pump. Then I had to walk through the lobby with my pumped milk to make it to the breakroom and fridge. I would just smile and joke about it, like, “I’m off to go milk myself! Moooooo!”

Breastfeeding and pumping definitely take dedication, but I think it’s so worth it! Keep it up, this won’t last forever

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