i had to pump in 2 different jobs. neither place was very supportive. the first place was in a state where breast feeding is protected. they weren't too happy about it, but they had to pretend to support it. i used the charge nurse office when it was convenient for them, the clean storage room other times. i refused to use the bathroom on principle. breast feeding is not a body function the way poopin' is. you are providing food for your child. i understand that sometimes the bathroom is the only private place you can find. i don't pass judgement on those who pump in the bathroom, it frustrates me that women sometimes can't find any other place. it was tolerated, but words were chosen carefully and i know it annoyed them. the second place i nursed there are no laws to protect the nursing moms, so it was tolerated with a little contempt. i certainly was not able to pump every 3 hours and eventually i had to stop.
in the second place we lived, we also had no friends or family and my husband had to leave for 4 months. my manager agreed to let me work every friday, saturday and sunday and we did 12 hour shifts. so, what i did, was make a very catchy flier and posted it in the only 2 places i thought i would find someone i could trust: the local community college in the nursing department and the early childhood development department. i couldn't post it on the job boards because i was offering less than minimum wage. right in the flier i stated you had to pick my child up from day care and stay till i got home. they had to be at my house at 6:30 saturday and sunday and stay till i got home. since things come up when you work inpatient, i couldn't guarantee i would be home by 7:30 or 8. i thought a nursing student would be most likely to understand that. the other thing i stressed that i thought a student would understand is that i can't have their car trouble or oversleeping or little colds keeping them from showing up. i needed them to be there!
i ended up with the wife of a nursing student and 3 1/2 years later, they have actually become his godparents and we are very good friends today. one reason i think i was able to pay less than minimum wage was because my expectations were "low." i told them, you show up and make sure my kid is safe, happy and fed. otherwise, they could live their life. he had a certain routine he had at night, of course a few rules, but not much. keep my kid safe, fed and happy. she did not have to cook or clean or do laundry (other than cleaning up after themselves.) i made sure i bought food she liked. i either prepared his food or gave simple instructions. i also didn't get too uptight when he had some of her fries instead of the avocado and hummus i left for him....she could go shopping, hang out with her friends, do things with her family--she just had to take my kid with her! altho they now live over 2 hours away, they visit him often and their whole family knows him well. i know they give him more sugar and junk food than i allow him, but it's only once in a while and hell, they can give him coffee if they are willing to handle the consequences! they were also in their mid-20's. no offense to the younguns, but i didnt really want a 19 or 20 year old. i mean, i let her do whatever she wanted to do, but with the understanding that what she wanted to do was go to the mall or out to dinner with her family--not the clubs and whatnot.
my breastfeeding experiences were NOT good, but i really lucked out with the "nanny." i wish you the best of luck.