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I use my breastpump twice a day while I'm at work. I've recently noticed that after I use my breastpump, my nipples remain erect for quite some time. Now that I'm wearing summer tees instead of bulky sweaters, it's really noticable!<br><br>
I'm wondering if I'm getting a reputation around the office as being the woman who always drives with her headlights on :LOL<br><br>
Let's share funny stories. What happens to you at work related to breastfeeding/ pumping?
 

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When I put my Purely Yours pump bag on my shoulder to head to the women's locker room, it looks a lot like a purse, and people say things like "have a nice weekend," and "see ya tomorrow." I just nod and say "you too," and head on to the locker room to pump.
 

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Well, when you work for family, and your <i>family members</i> get to see your pumps and bottles (in the fridge) and all that, it can be embarrassing. Even though you have all these descrete bags, they still know what you're up to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 

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I had to get some padded bras from when I would pump at work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> otherwise I look COLD :LOL
 

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Yah, just read that, gm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
But another big-nippled mama here! Need to invest in some padded bras for work :LOL
 

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Lilypadz worked great for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I finally had to ask my work to install a mirror in our "lactation room" after I had left the room a number of times with a button missed or I buttoned up off kilter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/offtopic.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="offtopic"> So gm you would recommend Lilypadz? I wanted to try them but was put off by the expense. I tried using another kind that were similar but had cotton liners (can't remember the name) but they were too obvious through my bra.
 

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My worst problem is that I always seem to drip milk on my pants when I am finished pumping- there is always a drop or two that is left on the breast or the pump. So then I walk around all day with milk dribbles on my lap.
 

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Happened to me all the time too. I started making sure I had two burp cloths (the thin birdseye diaper kind) in my pump bag. One to keep on my lap as a "napkin" and one to dry the horns off after I washed them.
 

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Well I have a lot of milk. So if I don't pump on time, I walk around with wet spots on my shirt. Then you can see circles all day.
 

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No specific funny story other than my principal almost walked in on me several times. He's young with no kids so the look on his face was truly priceless. I also had no place to pump except for a friends classroom. I would go there when the kids were out of the room. My friend and I would sit and chat and just put a note on the door. Well the men all got the picture pretty quicky but other female teachers just would come on in. Most had never pumped before so they were pretty fascinated and would totally check it out and ask all sorts of questions. Everyone got pretty comfy with the sight of my boobies pretty quick and I even have a funny pic of me in action for posterity.<br>
And- I hear ya about the dribbles on the pants. Good thing BM dosn't stain.
 

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One of our company mail guys, an older man, walked in on me pumping. It was last winter, and I was wearing a very heavy sweater. The sweater was very bulky, so I took it completely off, opened my Bravado bra, and was wearing my Easy Expressions bra-with-holes-thingy to hold the bottles in place. I didn't realize that my door was unlocked. I was just typing away when he knocked. I said "Yes?" and he opened the door. I yelled, "No, No! Don't come in!" threw my hands up in front of me and tried to hide by my desk, which is sideways so he could see right behind it. He quickly shut my door, and my colleague accross the hall, who knew what I was doing, was laughing as the mail guy just walked in circles outside my office door wondering what to do with my package that he was holding. My accross the hall colleague signed for the package so that the mail guy, whose name is Lucky, could leave. A common phrase around here now is, "Lucky got lucky!" :LOL<br><br>
I saw Lucky a few days later and explained what I was doing to him. He said, "Oh, I didn't know. I just figured that some people like to be comfortable while they work. You should lock your door." :LOL
 

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Ha Ha, nice save, Lucky! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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No matter how many times I pump at work (and it's been a lot! 2-3 x/day, I pumped at work for dd1 for 9 months and I've been pumping for dd2 for > 6 months now), I always get paranoid I've forgotten to close the blinds on my office door!<br><br>
Once, right after I got done pumping and covering back up, a window washer started washing the window (with open blinds - I'm on the 10th floor and no other buildings are this tall near us) of my office! Whew, that was close!
 

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I couldn't wear anything dry-clean only for a year!<br><br>
I was relatively lucky--I was in an office shared w/ only one other person, who had no problem w/ my pumping. We were in cubes w/ high walls, and my cube was at the back, so I had a folding screen I'd put up w/ a sign saying "E. is occupied at the moment--please come back in 20 min." And on the sign was a picture of my dd being given a bottle.<br><br>
There's one guy--a good friend of mine--who had no problem coming in & talking to me over the screen. Of course, he's married w/ 2 kids of his own, so it was nothing new. But every so often one of the other guys (usually one of our tech students) would come in to talk to my roommate & say "Oh, uh, I'll come back." :LOL.<br><br>
And then there's the multitude of times I'd be talking to someone & turn around to see that the flanges & bottles were still sitting out on my desk, full of milk...<br><br>
Oh no, I think I actually miss pumping!
 

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I've worn breast pads for a year now, so they still catch my leaks and obscure any other letdown or pumping related protrusions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
It's nice to hear other people talk about the milk drips on pants, storing milk in the office fridge, and the paranoia about being walked in on (or even leaving the pump parts out). I have a male officemate, but he's pretty cool about it all. I store the bottles in his fridge (though I usually hide the pump parts, double bagging in a clean gallon ziplock and then an opaque bag).<br><br>
I've only been walked in on twice when pumping at work; once because someone peeked behind the curtain in the women's lounge <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: , and once when I still shared an office with a woman (and I just asked her and the other woman to close the door behind them).<br><br>
Who knew all the different ways we could toss aside our dignity for the sake of motherhood? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 

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Wow... now I can be all super-prepared-woman for pumping at work when the baby gets here! Thanks, ya'll!<br><br>
Of course, if I buy padded bras, I'm going to start to look like one of those 'ginormous tits' pornstars. I wasn't small to begin with, and by the time you add milk AND padded bra I'm going to need another cube just for my breasts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Oh well. At least everyone else in my office also has kids, so hopefully they'll be understanding!
 
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