Hi there, so glad you came back to post! You're right, a bathroom is not ideal, but it might be the only place you can find. I hope you have luck asking around the other businesses! Just to double check, the coffee shop isn't a part of a larger corporation/company? Because if it is, then the Federal Pumping Laws apply to them, even if your little shop you work at only has a few employees.
I guess I see a few different things you have to think through with this:
- Where to pump? Looks like you already have this in the works. If you do have to pump in the bathroom, be sure to have some good soap/purell/etc. Is there a table in there to place your pump on ? DO NOT worry about blocking the bathroom from others who want to use it. Seriously, your baby getting fed is important enough that the customers can hold it for 15 extra minutes.
- Pumping quickly and efficiently: Take a look at the Kellymom storage guidelines, and you'll see that breastmilk can sit out in room temp for quite a while and still be good to use, even longer if it's in an insulated bag. So, I recommend that you just keep your pump parts together all day at work, and just disassemble it at home to wash. This saves a ton of time.
- Keeping up your supply: For me, I just try to make sure my output = River's input every 24 hour period. So if I don't pump enough at work, then I pump at home too.
- Making enough milk for Jack to have each day: I pump 3 times a day at work, but River eats a lot more often than that. But it's ok because I pump more than he eats in one feeding. If you don't make enough milk while at work, you can pump at home (sounds like you plan to do it in the am, that's good) even at night. Just don't rely on your freezer stash to supplement too much, or you'll risk lowering your supply.
- Comfort: If you find that you aren't pumping enough at work, but you pump the rest at home, Jack will have plenty to eat. But you might find yourself getting uncomfortable at work by going so long without pumping. Maybe you can sneak in another 5 minute break to do a quick hand expression.
Anyway, those are my thoughts. You can totally do it, just be very assertive in keeping to your pumping schedule. I know that people in the customer service industry can be expected to skip a break or extend their hours a bit here and there, so be strong about it. And definitely come back here for support!
Also, I love this website and recommend that all working & pumping moms read every single page, she has great advice.
Good luck going back to work, and definitely post some pics. Your profile pic is cute but it's so small, we can't really see that cutie of yours!