Pumping MIlk at work

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Pumping MIlk at work

So for those moms that pump while at work, do you stay a little later at work, give up your lunch time or go on as normal. Right now I skip leaving work for lunch and eat at my desk and pump when I need to ( about 4 times a day for about 15min) just wondering what you all do.

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i give up nothing to pump at work. my work was told that i would need to excuse myself every3 hours or so and they understood what i needed. no hassles, but i have a very leniant job. In PA it is the law that i am provided a locked room to pump and they must allow me to pump on paid time. i aim for 3x a day, but some days i only get 2 when im busy, or forget. i dont pump as much though at work, maybe 2oz every 3 hours. I dont think im quite pumping as much as i should be anyways... Sad

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I go back to work in a couple weeks but we have a lactation room. Per my started law they have to provide me the time to pump. The day I go back I'll just let my boss know I'll need 2-3 15 minutes breaks a day to pump.

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They did provide me with a locked room to go into along with a little desk to set my pump, but no one has ever brought up the time I use to pump. Just don't know if I should ask about it or not. Today I did pump and take my normal lunch because I had to run an errand. I just don't want to be told I have to use my own time... hummmmm :confused:

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I know that here in Oregon the law is that they have to provide somewhere for you to pump and I think its a half hour break every 4 hours to do so. With dd I took that extra time to do so twice a day, then was able to go home at lunch and feed her as well. Then I realized at some point how much of a hassle it was and I could get by with just nursing and pumping at the same time on my lunch break, also before work. So this time around thats what I have done. If I had to at work now, it would have to be in the bathroom, its the only room with a solid door :confused: But luckily I don't have to deal with that.

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you should look up the laws in your state so that you know exactly what you can and cant do before you get there. with all the other stresses of going back to work, that should be one of them Wink

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I used to just take my breaks to pump, 2 15 min breaks and then my 30 min lunch.

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I just use my break. A 40 min lunch break is it for me most days.

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Each state has slightly different laws and I would encourage you to talk with an LC or call LLL to find out what they are. Some states say that your work is not responsible for paying you during your pumping time and others state that they are. Definitely check it out.

If you have a good relationship with your supervisor just sit down with him/her and ask what they expect of you and let them know what your needs are. I would guess you can work something out. If not than knowing your rights is very key.

I never had to alter my work times other than that I did switch from a full lunch time to lunch at my desk. Funny though - I've maintained that habit even though I'm done pumping! Saves me money!

GL - I hope you're able to feel comfortable during your pumping time. You and your baby deserve a stress free environment!! Oh - and WTG on continuing to BF!

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:lurk: from Sept '11

I haven't gone back to work yet (one more week :() but I plan to use the breaks I'm supposed to be able to take anyway. I'm a nurse working 12 hour shifts, and technically we get 2 paid 15 minute breaks and 1 unpaid 30 minute lunch. I have never taken more than just the lunch (I work on a very busy unit) but my goal will be to pump twice during my shift, and I will consider those my 15 minute breaks regardless of how long it actually takes.

I doubt I'll be able to get away for those plus a lunch, so I'll probably bring a sandwich with me while I pump. But if I don't take a separate lunch, I will be clocking out "no lunch"!

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I will pump in the car on my way to work at 7am, during planning 845am, during lunch around noon then after work at 330 on my way to get the girls. Then Ill nurse her for dinner, bedtime, and middle of the night/early morning. Not sure what the laws are here in terms of paying you during that time, but I know they have to provide time and space. I will be pumping in the wellness center conference room at my school. Right now I am getting 3-4oz per boob when I pump but I'm sure that will slow down when I am pumping more. I have almost 600oz in the freezer already so if I need to dip I can Smile