I am an elementary school teacher and am planning to breastfeed for at least 12 months. This will be my first child and I am a little worried about how best to pump at work. My principal is really supportive and is totally willing to work a schedule around it. I just wanted to hear what other teachers have done and how did it work out?
Thank you for any advice you have.
I posted this on the breastfeeding board, but no response yet. I thought I would go for a larger audience.
YAY CONGRATS! When I had DS I made sure I was able to pump every 3-4 hours. It worked out for me to BF DS at 7:00, my lunch break was at 11:00, my students had specials at 2:00 and we got off work at 4:00 (some days ) We have a couple rooms that are windowless and can be locked so that was where I went to pump. SOMETIMES I even shut off the lights of my room, locked the door and sat in the corner (where no one could see me).
I would think with your planning times, lunch, and recess you should be golden in regards to pumping.
I'm not a teacher, but when I was exclusively pumping for our son instead of washing all of the pump parts after each pumping session I'd stick them in a ziploc bag and stick that in the fridge right when I was done. I wouldn't wash everything until the end of the day.
There was a teacher on my bb who would pump during her lunch break. She'd lock her classroom door and pump at her desk. I think one time the janitor came in on her if I remember correctly, but you could put a sign up or make sure your janitors know. lol.
We have 40 minutes for lunch so I usually ate while I pumped. I used wipes to clean my parts at first but then I started doing what Ashley did...just stuck my stuff in the fridge and cleaned it at night. I think a pumping session usually took me about 20-30 minutes.
Hi Mommy D, Congrats on your pregnancy! I am a teacher, and I have exclusively pumped but only while being a SSHM (My milk came out too fast for my daughter and she was getting too much milk she was more settled drinking BM out of a bottle).
I pumped every 4 hours and I managed to create my own innovative devise which allowed me to pump hands free and work on the computer, so that is good news for your planning! I actually found my milk flowed better when I didn't think about pumping.
I think its great that you what to continue to provide your child breast milk while you work! You are awesome
I'm sure you know it already but don't be too hard on yourself or disappointed if things don't work out how you imagined them too either