Nursing mothers in nursing school

  1. I will begin my nursing school classes right around when I have a 5-6 week old baby. Some of my evening classes will be 6 hours long. For mothers in nursing school with infants, and more specifically, mothers who nurse their newborns, how do you do it? Thanks!
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  3. by   babynurselsa
    Get a good electric breat pump. Medela has the Pump inStyle. It has a car adapter, a battery pack, plus the wall connection.
    You surely will get breaks at least every couple of hours. The Medela pump also has a insulated compartment that you can put the frozen packs in to cool the milk.
    Look on ebay, I bought mine for more than $100 less than any of the local stores. It was new with some of the extras.
  4. by   pink2blue1
    Quote from maggijo
    I will begin my nursing school classes right around when I have a 5-6 week old baby. Some of my evening classes will be 6 hours long. For mothers in nursing school with infants, and more specifically, mothers who nurse their newborns, how do you do it? Thanks!

    I'm a nursing mother, but not of an infant, my baby is older. But I have worked 12 hour shifts as a CNA and been nursing a newborn. I used my double breast pump and pumped on breaks. Is there any way you can do this? Or start pumping now and get a good supply up in the freezer before you start classes? Also wear lots of nursing pads in yoru bra just incase.

    Good luck to you! :-)
  5. by   maggijo
    Thanks for the advice! I pumped quite a bit with my first child because I was teaching part-time and he was in day care, so I have a good pump and I'm pretty used to the whole process. I'm just hoping I will be able to sneak away when I have class to pump... I hope the professors are pretty understanding.
  6. by   hikernurse
    You should get enough breaks that you can use to pump. My baby's a bit older, so I'm just giving him milk I've already expressed while I'm gone, but things are working out fine.

    Can DH ever bring your baby up to your classes to be fed? I really hate pumping so any time I don't have to I consider a bonus, LOL.
  7. by   loriangel14
    The girls in my night class have permission to bring their babies to class. We have 3 little ones right now.They are young enough they don't disrupt the class too much.
  8. by   charlies
    Quote from loriangel14
    The girls in my night class have permission to bring their babies to class. We have 3 little ones right now.They are young enough they don't disrupt the class too much.
    Probably not a popular opinion, but I find that to be ridiculous.
  9. by   hospitalstaph
    Quote from babynurselsa
    Get a good electric breat pump. Medela has the Pump inStyle. It has a car adapter, a battery pack, plus the wall connection.
    You surely will get breaks at least every couple of hours. The Medela pump also has a insulated compartment that you can put the frozen packs in to cool the milk.
    Look on ebay, I bought mine for more than $100 less than any of the local stores. It was new with some of the extras.
    If you purchase a Pump N Style make sure that it is brand new. I have see a lot of these pumps being resold after having been used. There are NOT designed for multiple users.

    Tracy
  10. by   TRINI_RN
    Quote from charlies
    Probably not a popular opinion, but I find that to be ridiculous.
    If the teachers and the students don't have a problem with it, why not? Be a shame to miss out on some stellar nurses because of that.
  11. by   loriangel14
    Some were apprehensive about the baby thing but most of us supported the idea and supported our pregnant classmates.They would be missing out on some fine nurses if they didn't give them support.We are a small class of mostly mature students so we are all pulling for each other to finish together. :wink2:
  12. by   Fiona59
    I know its not popular, but what is going to happen as they get older and less sleepy?

    I remember being in labour and my nurse said "I'm going on break now, my husband brings in my baby to nurse, so I can't wait". She walked out on me and my husband, her replacement showed up 15 minutes later, appalled that I'd been left alone, I delivered 10 minutes later.
  13. by   loriangel14
    The two oldest are already out of the classroom(they are about 6 mths. now). The latest one was born last week. a girl weighing 10lbs 6 0z. and it wasn't a C section.Ouch! :wink2:
  14. by   cherokeesummer
    We actually had a student bring her baby in and teach us the section on baby care and she was nursing - it was great to learn nursing techniques from someone actually doing it - very cool!

    One of my classmates was nursing during our first semester and her Husband would bring the baby during lunch (we are an evening/weekend program) and breaks to nurse.

    I'm hoping to be able to pump (I'm due 10/31/05) for those evenings/weekends that I'm in school so Hubby can feed the baby.

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