I start back to work next Monday and go back with a bang on a 12.5 hour day. My shifts are either from 6:45am-7:15pm or 7:45am-6:15pm with two twelves and one ten hour shift per week. The length definitely sucks but I'm hoping it will be worth it to have the rest of the days off to be with LO. I'm EBFing and will be pumping when I go back to work. I talked to my office manager and they have a lactation room ready for me so I'm glad I won't have to worry about that when I go back. I'm just concerned about getting a good pump schedule set up. Here is what I'm thinking:
Pump/BF before leaving for work (depending on when LO wakes up...her schedule is still kind of all over the place)
Pump at work every 3 hours - so 10, 1, & 4
BF right when I get home
Does this seem like a good schedule? The only people at work who I know have pumped have been either doctors or mid level providers and they just pump in their offices during built in breaks in their schedules so it's easy for them to get away. I work in registration so I'm going to have to be keeping an eye on my own time. I really hope that all of my coworkers are understanding of it. I know that my managers have my back so I don't worry about there being any issue there, I just think that coworkers might look at it as me taking a break instead of being a necessary thing.
Also, what do you do for lunch breaks when you're pumping? I think that I'm going to feel guilty if I also take a lunch break on top of leaving to pump. Should I plan on eating while pumping? Is that crazy or realistic?