If you are nursing and back to work, how is it going? Do you feel truly supported?
For me, work has been supported but I am not even a full week back. I haven't really been an inconveniece yet and I wonder how long before I am an inconvenience. However, I am an auditor and my boss understands the laws/regulations about breastfeeding so even though I may inconvenience her from time to time I do not see her saying anything as long as I am staying on top of my workload. I am salary and not hourly so I guess if I have to come into work on Saturday every now and then to keep up it wont be too bad!
Do you have adequate access to a room to pump in, is it comfortable, clean, secure?
I am pumping in our meeting room. My office is an converted old house. I am upstairs by myself in this large room. I realize I am spoiled since I am not in a damp dark closet!
Did you give up nursing because it was too hard to work and pump?
Not yet! And, I am hoping to make it past 6 months. I would like to breastfeed Ava for her first year.
Did you have access to a Lactation Consultant in the hospital? Did you have access after you left the hospital?
Yes, I do. I attend (when I can) monthly meetings that the hospital has for nursing mothers. The problem is the meeting is during the afternoons and it is hard for me to get off work for them. I am hoping to convince the ladies to have at least one night meeting a quarter for us working moms.
Have you ever felt ‘penalized’ in your job because you chose to pump milk for your child while at work?
No, not yet and hopefully I never will.