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I have to go back to work at the end of the month <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> and I'll be pumping for ds. I spoke with HR, and they will have a room for me. However, I know I may be jumping the gun, but I'm nervous. How often am I legally allowed to pump at work? Right now, ds eats every 1.5 - 2 hours. I know I won't be able to pump that often, and I'm scared that one morning and one afternoon pumping session (I can go home at lunch) will not be enough to keep up my supply.<br><br>
Can anyone advise what I should do if ds is still eating as often as he is now when I go back? Or, does anyone happen to know if I'd be able (legally) to pump more than twice daily? Like I said, I know I have a few weeks, but I just can't stop worrying about this. I REFUSE to supplement with formula!<br><br>
Thanks mamas. I'm just so scared. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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It's my understanding that they don't have to give you more than the breaks required by law -- which would be one in the morning and one in the afternoon, plus lunch. However, depending on your job they might not mind if you took extra breaks -- you will need to work that out with your supervisor.<br><br>
However, I've done OK with just three times a day (9:30, lunch, 3:30). I did have a dip a couple of weeks ago, but the first few months went really smoothly. Your body will probably adjust to the new schedule after a few days. Even with a dip in pumping volume, extra water and fenugreek got me back on track. Of course, a freezer stash will help reduce the stress of "will I have enough" each day.<br><br>
So, you may be worrying for nothing. And stress is definitely the enemy of us "pumpers".
 

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If they start to give you a hard time, keep track of other peoples smoke/coffee breaks and see how you compare.<br>
3x per day was enough for mine, also, and if your lunch time pump is actually done by baby you'll probably be fine! try not to stress about it. it might be easier than you think. once i got in the routine iforgot iwas doing something different and would announce "i'm going to pump,if you need me i'll be in back"<br>
good luck<br>
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Have you already started pumping? You can pump now and store it in the freezer so that you're not as anxious about how much you get while at work. You can also try and pump on the weekends once you do start back to work and I think I even would pump first thing in the morning if I needed to some days for a little extra. I'm guessing that going home at lunch will help your supply out a bunch because your babe will be more efficient than a pumping session.
 

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Does he take one breast or both at each feeding? Remember that you'll be pumping both breasts, so if he only takes one per feed you'll get 2 meals from each pumping session.<br><br>
Often babes don't even empty the breast at a feed, so you may get more out pumping than Liam will eat at one sitting.<br><br>
I don't think that was the kind of info you're looking for, just trying to point out a couple of things that might make you feel better about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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I pumped twice a day (10 and 2) for 8 months and didn't suffer any big supply drops. I took fenugreek and blessed thistle and ate lots of oatmeal cookies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> A thing that I found helped a LOT with getting a good let down was to take a piece of clothing from the baby or a small stuffed animal rubbed with the baby's lotion with me - just having a picture was not enough stimulation for me.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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MB - I think you'll be just fine pumping twice and going home at lunch. Most pumping moms I know pump every 3 hours (I actually stretched it more than that because Morgan reverse cycled). Liam may not want/need as much milk during the day while you're gone as he would if you were home.<br><br>
You're going to be FINE!!! I agree that if you can stockpile a little it will help ease your mind.<br><br>
~Melissa
 

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Thank you so much, everyone. I feel so much better knowing that pumping once in the morning and once in the afternoon will almost definitely be sufficient. I've started pumping again, and have several bags of ebm in the freezer, so I will have somewhat of a cushion upon my return.<br><br>
I really appreciate your answers! Thank you for helping me feel more confident about keeping up the wonderful nursing relationship I have with my son.
 

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i know we talked about this the other day meribeth, but i also wanted to let you know that my understanding of the law is that they are required to give you as much time as you need - just that anything above the breaks required by law would have to be unpaid. so if you are hourly, you'd have to punch out for any extra breaks. if you are salaried, you'd have to work something out with hr - either staying later to make up for it, or finding a way to deduct your pay. so if he's ever going through a growth spurt and you find you can't keep up with two pumps, keep this in mind.
 
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