I have been trying to hunt down a pump that I can afford for a while now. I have a birth coming up (I am a doula) next month. I also work at least 8 hours per day every day, typing at home. My husband watches the other kids while I work but that eight hours gets drug out all day long since I have to do everything for the baby with no help. I then end up working til one or two and getting three or four hours of sleep. I love breastfeeding, I refuse to give it up and if this is what I have to do I will. I can't give up work, I am the only source of income for a family of 6. The last time I went to my WIC office I was told that I couldn't get a pump because I didn't have a job.
I explained that I worked from home and the WIC nutritionist told me that she would have to send off and make a special request to the state for me to get a pump and they would say no, she brushed it off in a way that I can't really describe with just words, she was very dismissive, like me wanting a pump was ludicrous. She then told me soon after that, that I could come in and switch to formula anytime I was ready without even having to wait for the month to end...
I sat on that for a while, in fact it's been about two months now. I got frustrated tonight and emailed the state WIC office to lodge a complaint about what happened and then ask if there was some way I could get a pump, even if I had to rent it for a low price. I found out a friend who doesn't work, and her nutritionist is completely aware of this there was no underhanded stuff going on, got a double electric from another clinic without question.
Now I feel guilty, like I should have left well enough alone. I am certain they are going to forward this email to the nutritionist and I am going to have to deal with her because I have no other option as far as I know. There are three WIC offices in my city but they are divided by where you live and you have to go to the one in your area as far as I know. I have heard her being rude to other moms, even one that was crying with a lactose intolerant baby, story to long to explain here. Anyway... I guess I shouldn't have done this. What do you all think?