If you breastpumped at work, were your coworkers supportive? - page 4

by LilyBlue

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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 set up so I ate my lunch while I... Read More


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    I 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
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    I 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.
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    I 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...
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    I 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

    cheers,
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