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  • @korpisar Sorry it was so hard today.  It is so frustrating to pump at work sometimes.  One time I was pumping in my classroom after school hours and the janitor came in to clean the room...i was so flustered I didn't even saying anything as he was unlocking the door.  I can't imagine what my face looked like haha.  I always pumped with a nursing cover just in case.  It was really necessary ever (well except that one time) but it made me feel less nervous about doing it.  I always figured if I was tense about it I'd get less so I tried to relax.  There were several times that kids would knock on the door because they forgot their lunch or something but they just had to wait. I put a sign on the door that just said Do Not Disturb or something and locked it and turned the lights off.  Didn't want to advertise that I was pumping to a bunch of elementary school kids.  It's still new so hopefully everyone will get used to it soon and know that they can't bother you during those times!  Good luck and hope tomorrow is easier!
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  • @korpisar horrendous. I work with all men and have the same issues. I'm always so paranoid when pumping in my office. I just lock the door- I don't think anyone has spare keys. Maybe put a do not disturb sign? I mean how do they know that you aren't on an important call or something?

    ive flat out walked out of meetings before to pump- it's pretty obvious when traveling because I have my cooler lol. I usually talk to my boss before trips and just break it down for him in advance - Look dude, i gotta pump every 3/4 hours so I'll just either call for a break or excuse myself. Then he can deal with any awkward comments he gets. I always make a point to let clients and prospect know I have a newborn so hopefully they can put 2 and 2 together, but some people are just dolts. 



  • Thanks everyone - I'm sure it will get more comfortable as I go on but like @Ivorytower2 I work with mainly men - it's a male dominated industry. Even worse though - my coworker who was barging in on me tried making conversation later about what kind of breast pump I'm using! lol I told him this is making me uncomfortable and left it at that. He wanted to know if it was manual or double electric. It actually kind of creeped me out.
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  • WTF!!!!

    "Even worse though - my coworker who was barging in on me tried making conversation later about what kind of breast pump I'm using! lol I told him this is making me uncomfortable and left it at that. He wanted to know if it was manual or double electric. It actually kind of creeped me out."
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  • @korpisar wow, that is pretty bold of him! How awkward. Sorry it was so hard at work today!

    It is difficult pumping at work sometimes. I don't have my own office, and the shelter I work at is fairly small, but at least I work with all women so they understand when I need an office to pump in. 

    When my son was in the NICU and we had our own room, I got busted in on by his surgical team a couple times while pumping. There is a curtain by the door that I would pull shut, but they would just say "Knock knock!" and fling the curtain open before I could even say anything! They would just check on DS and talk to DH and I like nothing was happening, but it was still pretty uncomfortable for me, since I am a fairly modest person and they would literally make eye contact with me while I was pumping. 
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  • korpisar said:
    Thanks everyone - I'm sure it will get more comfortable as I go on but like @Ivorytower2 I work with mainly men - it's a male dominated industry. Even worse though - my coworker who was barging in on me tried making conversation later about what kind of breast pump I'm using! lol I told him this is making me uncomfortable and left it at that. He wanted to know if it was manual or double electric. It actually kind of creeped me out.
    I think a straight forward do not disturb sign is your best bet. People won't know how to interact with you and will try to take cues from you. The more you do this the more natural and unawkward it will be. :)
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  • Lol thanks @longliveregina
    so now this week I've started back making sales calls on customers so I am pumping in my car between meetings. I'm an outside sales rep that has meetings all day. I can't go back to my office to pump as I can be an hour away. It is the worst. I am trying to pump twice but it is so inconvenient. I have to find a partially empty parking lot, try not to make a mess, and try to get things set up in a way I'm not exposing myself. Also I need to store my parts in a ziplock bag in a cooler so I can use them again later - I don't really want to buy a spare set. Anyone else not in a convenient place to pump during the work day?
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  • @korpisar Ugh what a pain!!!  I do have to say I liked having an extra set of pump parts. I pumped one side in the morning, pumped at work, then pumped one side after work so it was nice to only need to wash once.  Hope it gets easier!
  • @IloveAlbert I think I'm going to have to order a spare set... I just ordered these ones a couple weeks ago as my pump is 6 yrs old and I needed to replace the parts. I have another pump but it loses suction frequently and I just don't want to deal with it on the road. 
    In other news we are going to an amusement park in OH  Saturday and Sunday and I googled if they have areas to nurse and they do! They have specific family centers with private nursing rooms. Not sure why I'm so surprised but I am. Way to go cedar point!
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  • Ivorytower2Ivorytower2
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    Not sure to put this here or in Bitchfest, but I could really use some advice. I started back to work this week and nanny started. I've been pumping and working from home this week, and the first day the nanny gave 2, 4ounce bottles of breastmilk to my two month old in 2 hours. I told her it really needs to be every 3 hours but 2.5 at minimum in between  feedings. Every day since she's been giving bottles every 2.5 hours or less. Following Kellymom guidelines, bf babies are supposed to have 1-1.5 ounces per hour away from mom. Today I worked for 8 hours and nanny gave 16 ounces of milk in that time (4 bottles), so almost twice the reccomended amount.

    today I told her I was going to the gym and would be back to nurse baby. I got back early like 2 hours and 20 mins after her last feed just to make sure I could take baby and calm her down if she was hungry, and the nanny was already shoving another bottle into her. Wtf!

    i keep asking her to space it out, but she just says the baby is crying and hungry.

    super annoyed! What should I do?
  • @Ivorytower2 sounds like you need a new nanny! Who the eff does that that works in childcare? You always follow what mom says. There is no way your babe needed that much milk. 
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  • @Ivorytower2 Omg! My baby is 14 weeks old and our nanny gives him 1 2-2.5 oz bottle around 8 am because I feed him around 6-6:30 then 1 4-5 oz bottle around 11 am then another one around 2:30... then I get home around 5 and nurse when he's hungry next.... I think you need to have a serious talk with your nanny or let her go...
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    Anyone else have a lo that snacks? I swear I feed every hour to hour and half
  • korpisar said:
    Lol thanks @longliveregina
    so now this week I've started back making sales calls on customers so I am pumping in my car between meetings. I'm an outside sales rep that has meetings all day. I can't go back to my office to pump as I can be an hour away. It is the worst. I am trying to pump twice but it is so inconvenient. I have to find a partially empty parking lot, try not to make a mess, and try to get things set up in a way I'm not exposing myself. Also I need to store my parts in a ziplock bag in a cooler so I can use them again later - I don't really want to buy a spare set. Anyone else not in a convenient place to pump during the work day?
    You know, a nursing cover with a stuff neck can help you feel comfor table and make it a lot easier to get situated to pump  <3
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  • Not sure to put this here or in Bitchfest, but I could really use some advice. I started back to work this week and nanny started. I've been pumping and working from home this week, and the first day the nanny gave 2, 4ounce bottles of breastmilk to my two month old in 2 hours. I told her it really needs to be every 3 hours but 2.5 at minimum in between  feedings. Every day since she's been giving bottles every 2.5 hours or less. Following Kellymom guidelines, bf babies are supposed to have 1-1.5 ounces per hour away from mom. Today I worked for 8 hours and nanny gave 16 ounces of milk in that time (4 bottles), so almost twice the reccomended amount.

    today I told her I was going to the gym and would be back to nurse baby. I got back early like 2 hours and 20 mins after her last feed just to make sure I could take baby and calm her down if she was hungry, and the nanny was already shoving another bottle into her. Wtf!

    i keep asking her to space it out, but she just says the baby is crying and hungry.

    super annoyed! What should I do?
    It's common for child care workers to overfeed because it's the easiest way to stop baby from crying. Honestly if your nanny can't figure out how to calm baby without a bottle it may be time for a new nanny. Anything more than 4 ounces every 2 hours seems like too much. 
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  • I didn't know it was possible to overfeed breastfed babies? Just curious because we feed DS breastmilk exclusively through the bottle and if he isn't hungry he lets you know and won't eat. DS1 was the same with formula. Once he was full he was full and stopped. I always just assumed babies will reject if they aren't hungry? 
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  • @marshmallowfarts that's what my LO does. DH was worried I was overfeeding our kiddo so I asked our pediatrician and she said the same thing- that babies are able to regulate their appetite and will either close their mouths and not open for bottle if not hungry, or throw it back up at you. 
    That being said, I can see how sometimes childcare providers might try to feed more than they need to. Just last week I picked up DS from daycare and another daycare worker, not his usual teacher, was trying to feed him an hour sooner than he would usually eat and he was just crying and not having it. She kept trying to put the bottle in his crying mouth but he wouldn't eat. I had to tell her that he just isn't hungry right now. 
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  • I didn't know it was possible to overfeed breastfed babies? Just curious because we feed DS breastmilk exclusively through the bottle and if he isn't hungry he lets you know and won't eat. DS1 was the same with formula. Once he was full he was full and stopped. I always just assumed babies will reject if they aren't hungry? 
    True. But you can usually coax a baby to eat more after they give you all the cues. Or you feed them too fast and they get really full before their appetite catches up. 
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  • I didn't know it was possible to overfeed breastfed babies? Just curious because we feed DS breastmilk exclusively through the bottle and if he isn't hungry he lets you know and won't eat. DS1 was the same with formula. Once he was full he was full and stopped. I always just assumed babies will reject if they aren't hungry? 
    True. But you can usually coax a baby to eat more after they give you all the cues. Or you feed them too fast and they get really full before their appetite catches up. 
    Yes, this is what was happening.
  • @marshmallowfarts that's what my LO does. DH was worried I was overfeeding our kiddo so I asked our pediatrician and she said the same thing- that babies are able to regulate their appetite and will either close their mouths and not open for bottle if not hungry, or throw it back up at you. 
    That being said, I can see how sometimes childcare providers might try to feed more than they need to. Just last week I picked up DS from daycare and another daycare worker, not his usual teacher, was trying to feed him an hour sooner than he would usually eat and he was just crying and not having it. She kept trying to put the bottle in his crying mouth but he wouldn't eat. I had to tell her that he just isn't hungry right now. 
    Sometimes it's the easiest way to make babies stop fussing so it's tempting to just get another bottle. 
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