Pumping breast milk at work - page 2

I'm a bedside RN expecting in June and I am wondering if I should even attempt to pump breast milk at work. Has anyone ever done this successfully. I just can't imagine being able to get away every... Read More

  1. by   winsome08
    Congratulations. By all means go for it; and if you have a sup that is family oriented she will support your decision to do what is best for your little one. Happy new year.
  2. by   yousoldtheworld
    One of my coworkers pumps at work...she generally doesn't have any trouble having someone cover for her while she slips away to do it.
  3. by   CathyLew
    I worked Med Surg Pediatrics for years, and had many co-workers who did this. You are entitled to breaks, and what you do with them is your buisness.

    the only problem my old partner had was when we had infant patients.... if they cried, her milk would let down! She learned real quick to wear pads and dark cloths!
  4. by   michael79
    what does ds and dd mean? Sorry, not familiar with all the abbreviations!
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from michael79
    what does ds and dd mean? Sorry, not familiar with all the abbreviations!
    That is how I felt when I started here on allnurses . .. . there are still a few I don't understand.

    ds usually means "dear son" and dd "dear daughter".

    dh is "dear husband". (My own husband had another idea about that and it was not "designated hitter".)

  6. by   ElvishDNP
    Where I work people are far more understanding of those who take pump breaks than they are of those who take their lunch breaks.

    Not every place is pump-friendly. When ds was a baby, the place I worked was tolerant. My immediate coworkers were awesome, but the uppers weren't thrilled about it, they just knew that legally they couldn't tell me not to. I understand the frustration and the dilemma.

    I switched jobs when ds was ~10mo old. I always, always tell my pumping coworkers to go pump the second they need to, I will cover their pts for them. Congratulations!!!!
    (PS Medela Pump in Style = granddaddy of them all!!)
  7. by   HM2VikingRN
    A family friendly organization and society would make this a clearly defined right for working mothers.