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    Today is my second day back at work and I'm feeling a little awkward about pumping! We have a shower room in my office, where BFing mothers can pump. I asked my supervisor if I could move a table in there, so that I could have my laptop at the same time (thus, not having to take breaks in order to pump). He was like "Is this for some motherhood thing?" and when I said yes, he didn't say anything else. But then, another coworker saw us and asked what we were doing... and today, someone else asked why I keep taking my laptop into the shower room. I have been quietly telling them that I am pumping... but it's kind of awkward because they are men! What do you ladies do? Are you open about it or do you try to keep it discreet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mek View Post
    Today is my second day back at work and I'm feeling a little awkward about pumping! We have a shower room in my office, where BFing mothers can pump. I asked my supervisor if I could move a table in there, so that I could have my laptop at the same time (thus, not having to take breaks in order to pump). He was like "Is this for some motherhood thing?" and when I said yes, he didn't say anything else. But then, another coworker saw us and asked what we were doing... and today, someone else asked why I keep taking my laptop into the shower room. I have been quietly telling them that I am pumping... but it's kind of awkward because they are men! What do you ladies do? Are you open about it or do you try to keep it discreet?
    No one ever really asked. They all just assumed that I was leaving because I was walking around with my big bag. I think word will get around and soon they will stop asking. Just tell them you are multitasking
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    I was pumping as I read your post.

    Be confident in what you are doing. I'm lucky that I can pump in my office, but I don't have a lock on the door... I hang a sign and have a shower curtain pulled across if the sign doesn't stop folks.

    When I was first pumping for Lilah, I was nervous or embarrassed about it too. But that went away pretty quickly. You're doing the most important thing in your day - making sure that your child will have milk while you are away. Be proud of that. And confident in it. And when someone asks you what you're doing - give them a big smile and tell them "I'm pumping milk for my baby." I bet you they won't ask again. And word will get around. They will stop asking.

    How are you doing? Is pumping going ok otherwise? How is your baby doing while you're away? It's so hard, I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommy2lilah View Post
    I was pumping as I read your post.

    Be confident in what you are doing. I'm lucky that I can pump in my office, but I don't have a lock on the door... I hang a sign and have a shower curtain pulled across if the sign doesn't stop folks.

    When I was first pumping for Lilah, I was nervous or embarrassed about it too. But that went away pretty quickly. You're doing the most important thing in your day - making sure that your child will have milk while you are away. Be proud of that. And confident in it. And when someone asks you what you're doing - give them a big smile and tell them "I'm pumping milk for my baby." I bet you they won't ask again. And word will get around. They will stop asking.


    I briefly felt the same way in the beginning, but then I realized I was doing something really awesome, and that made things way better. I'm proud of it, these days! Give it time. You'll probably start feeling less awkward and more confident with each passing day
    Elizabeth, mama to Lillian - 10/03/10


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    If you act like there's nothing weird or awkward about it they will follow suit (assuming they are professional and not creepy weirdos).
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    I was open about it. I was proud to tell people my baby didn't drink formula. If they have a problem with it, it is thier problem...NOT MINE. That's just me though. I'm like that. Most of the men in my office were fine with it or made jokes about it but that was it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommy2lilah View Post
    I was pumping as I read your post.
    How are you doing? Is pumping going ok otherwise? How is your baby doing while you're away? It's so hard, I know.
    I'm doing okay. It's incredibly hard leaving my baby in the morning, but I am coping the best I can. I was really pleased with my pumping output yesterday - I didn't have to send any formula to daycare today! He had a pretty good day yesterday, but he was happy to see me when I picked him up. I'm trying not to think about it too much when I am at work, so that I don't feel upset all day long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    If you act like there's nothing weird or awkward about it they will follow suit (assuming they are professional and not creepy weirdos).
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mek View Post
    I'm doing okay. It's incredibly hard leaving my baby in the morning, but I am coping the best I can. I was really pleased with my pumping output yesterday - I didn't have to send any formula to daycare today! He had a pretty good day yesterday, but he was happy to see me when I picked him up. I'm trying not to think about it too much when I am at work, so that I don't feel upset all day long.
    It will get better mama. It's hard to believe, but it will.

    And that's great you were able to pump enough.
    Tracie

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    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    If you act like there's nothing weird or awkward about it they will follow suit (assuming they are professional and not creepy weirdos).
    Yep, after pumping for 2 babies at work (in a mostly male-dominated office work environment), I am not embarassed in the least and I am very open with my co-workers if they ask what I am doing. I just tell them proudly, "I'm pumping breastmilk for my baby so he can have my milk when we're apart." And that usually shuts them right up.
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