If you breastpumped at work, were your coworkers supportive? - page 3
I pumped for a little over a year at work when I had my last child five years ago. I worked nights on a smaller unit; It generally took fifteen minutes every four hours to pump. I had a hands free... Read More
Feb 18, '09I see no problem with it. I've had coworkers do it and it's no big deal. In fact, at my current facility there is a breastpumping room for women to use if they need to pump.
Feb 18, '09The first place I worked after I had two sons (in 17 months) wasn't terribly supportive. I was initially allowed to use the lactation roon, but that ended quickly, because it seemed to bother the L&D nurses, for whatever reason. Go figure.
I sat in the changing room for my breaks each shift and pumped by hand - 8-10 ounces of milk at a time. Don't tell me I didn't need to pump - I hurt like hell!
My current hospital allowed me to use the lactation room, gave me a set up free of charge, and supported me without a problem. Made it much nicer. I breast fed each of my sons for 9-11 months, and I returned to work 6-8 weeks after each of them, so it was nice to have supportive co-workers.
As far as begrudging a co-worker her "pump" break: Hey, we all come to work with different issues. I don't begrudge my smoking colleagues their smoke breaks......or my older colleagues with bad backs their need to sit more often........or my younger colleagues attending school their nap breaks. We all pitch in and get the job done, and I'd rather "Do unto others" than "Screw unto others". It might be me standing in the need of grace some 12 hour night, and I'd like to think that it might be extended.
Feb 18, '09Quote from flygirl43I really feel bad for you. Well more so the women you work with who are breastfeeding. I find this comment to be a tad ignorant. When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, I'm sure your opinion will change. I mean, are we living in the fifties. Basically your comment is saying that women should remain at home while being pregnant.I don't believe pregnancy and child raising should come into the work environment. Breast pump on your breaks. I never get any, why should you?????
Feb 18, '09I scratch your back, you scratch mine. As long as she is using the break times to pump. I think it is okay. The moment I found out that she is not using the extra time(outside of regular break times) to pump, I would stop helping her. This is more justifible than taking smoke breaks.Last edit by smurfy on Feb 18, '09
Feb 18, '09I worked part-time on a maternity floor and my coworkers were amazing. During pregnancy, no matter how busy we were, no matter who did or didn't have time for a break, they always insisted that I "feed the baby." When I went back to work after delivery, they were equally supportive. I only pumped once during an 8 hour shift and twice during a 12 hour shift, but they made sure that I got there!
For any pumping nurses, I would suggest you pump immediately before leaving for work, or in the car on the way (I had the Medela car adapter). I pumped 1/2 way through the 8 hour shift and again during the car ride home or I would feed the baby on 1 side and pump on the other when I got home. I nursed/pumped for 10 months with my daughter and 14 months with my son. I give the great ladies I worked with credit for much of my success.
Feb 19, '09I was the charge nurse at the time, so no one had an issue and I find it cruel and mean for others to not cover for you...
Feb 20, '09I have 2 co-workers right now who are pumping. Yeah, when the ED is hopping mad crazy busy, it kinda sucks to handle your section by yourself....
... but in the grand shceme of things, I don't think it's such a huge issue. Yeah I'm a guy. No I'll never be pregnant or ever need to pump milk. But IMHO, it's the least a thoughtful co-worker can do for another.
I do, however drag my charge nurse in if I'm getting overwhelmed of I ask others to pitch in.
A couple of my coworkers are currently pregnant and I keep an eye out and make sure they don't get into "risky" situations (violent patients, pts. with strange/weird cooties etc.). I also ensure they're adequately hydrated (glass of water PRN )
Politeness and courtesy are like tires filled with air - it's free and helps make the ride a whole lot smoother