I have a baby who is almost twelve weeks old. I am back at work and pumping breastmilk three times a day. I don't like pumping and am looking for your tips to make it suck (see what I did there) as little as possible.
I've been back at work for three and a half weeks. I really like nursing but don't love pumping. My output is acceptable (most days I can pump what she'll need the next day in my three sessions at work, and I pump before bed every night). I just still feel pretty awkward and annoyed every time I have to pump. How can I relax more and make it more pleasant? What tips and tricks did you use to make this less of a grind?
Please note that I plan to continue pumping despite not loving it, and that answers suggesting I quit pumping and instead supplement with formula are not helpful.
Here's my setup:
- I have a Medela Pump-in-Style Advanced.
- I have access to a "privacy room" with a lock. It contains a shelf/desk area along one wall, a swivel office chair, a stationary chair, and one of those hospital recliners that folds out flat. I sit perched on the edge of the recliner with my pump on the stationary chair in front of my knees and my stuff* on the swivel chair next to me, because then I'm right next to the wall outlet and don't have to climb under the desk to plug/unplug.
*Said stuff includes water, a hand towel for drips, one of my kid's onesies for smelling, my phone or a magazine, bottle caps, and maybe a granola bar.
- I use the Kellymom hands-free trick
, but still have to hold fairly still. I can't lean back or the seal is broken, so I'm still sort of hunched forward awkwardly. Would these
be worth the $40 so I could lean back? Anyone have experience with them?
- There is one other nursing mother with whom I share the space, but we're both new moms, so my coworkers have gotten in the habit of using the room for phone calls. The company also uses the room for its "wellness center" and has a scale and blood pressure meter and a posterboard with info about "wellness in the workplace" in there. I asked the company to order a sign for the door with "In Use/Available" but it was placed on the wall nearby so now it just looks like the wall-mounted AED next to the room is available or something. I could ask HR to send out a reminder that the room's intended purpose is for use by lactating mothers (per our employee manual and everything) but I feel uncomfortably like that's announcing to the company "Hey, you all can't use that room because SeedStitch occasionally needs it for her BOOBS."
- The room shares a wall with the office of a manager with a very loud, booming voice. At my request, the company provided a fan to use for white noise, but this will not be ideal in the winter when the room is much colder.
- I can't really leave much in the room, as it is used by other employees. Bottles and pump parts are stored in a cooler bag at my desk.
Friends who have pumped at work have commiserated, but no one has really given me any hope that this will suddenly become fun and rainbow-filled and pleasant. What do you suggest?