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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    It's not that I just love pumping, but on the days I work I am up at 4 am and leave house 4:45. Don't get home til 9 pm. I have a long commute and work 13+ shifts. So I have to pump or I get into a lot of discomfort. My son nurses very frequently on the days I am home.. sometimes 6-8 times. I don't want to prematurely force him into cutting back, I want that to be his decision. He deals with alot of "missing momma" and I can't take that comfort away from him. I don't pump as much as I used to either.


    It's not like I have the oppurtunity to feed my baby at 8am before going off to work and then get to nurse again at 5 or so only 8 hours later like a lot of working moms who ditch the pump. I wish I could! Or even just being part time... If i worked part time I would ditch it...
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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*wreckgoddess View Post
    It's not that I just love pumping, but on the days I work I am up at 4 am and leave house 4:45. Don't get home til 9 pm. I have a long commute and work 13+ shifts. So I have to pump or I get into a lot of discomfort. My son nurses very frequently on the days I am home.. sometimes 6-8 times. I don't want to prematurely force him into cutting back, I want that to be his decision. He deals with alot of "missing momma" and I can't take that comfort away from him. I don't pump as much as I used to either.


    It's not like I have the oppurtunity to feed my baby at 8am before going off to work and then get to nurse again at 5 or so only 8 hours later like a lot of working moms who ditch the pump. I wish I could! Or even just being part time... If i worked part time I would ditch it...


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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    Well I just never thought someone would suggest I was demented for still pumping on the LLL forum...
    Kristin

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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*wreckgoddess View Post
    Well I just never thought someone would suggest I was demented for still pumping on the LLL forum...
    Wow, yeah just saw that. I can't speak for Sarale, but I am almost positive that was tongue in cheek, cuz she thinks you're a rock star for doing it and she hated it. Sorry that may have made you feel bad . I look up to you for that dedication mama!
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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    Thanks : )

    I know most people hate pumping. And i'm not saying I love it, it's just something I don't feel I have a choice about because of my work schedule. So therefore for me, it's a no-question about it decision. I figure if I was dedicated enough to do it for one year, whats a few more months? I may not have any other kids and would hate to feel guilty for cutting out a large chunk of our nursing relationship... and really, it doesn't take that much extra effort at this point.. it's already part of my routine.
    (If I didn't pump at work, and I worked 3 days in a row.. or 4.. then that would be like 4 days with no nursing sessions for my body and surely my supply would drop/go away)

    The word demented just kind of caught me off guard and i was a little taken aback for a minute. I'm used to hearing things like that from formula feeding coworkers/friends.. just not other mamas on here.

    I have gotten tons of support off this forum for the last year+ and am so thankful for that. I don't know where else I would have turned at some points. LLL people are amazing!
    Kristin

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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jenna562 View Post
    Wow, yeah just saw that. I can't speak for Sarale, but I am almost positive that was tongue in cheek, cuz she thinks you're a rock star for doing it and she hated it. Sorry that may have made you feel bad . I look up to you for that dedication mama!
    Totally tongue in cheek. I meant the part. I hate that you thought I was saying something bad. I mean you to feel like the rockstar you are. the dedication you are showing to getting your LO the very best

    As for the supply dip I don't know and I totally understand not risking it. DD nurses a lot during the day time and a few days a week I am gone for either 5.5 or 10 hours. The 10 hrs can be uncomfortable towards the end though.
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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    I don't pump at work for my two year old, but I have a regular 9-5. If I had to occasionally work nights, I would NEED to pump. I totally get it. Plus, pumping is wonderful - lots of breastmilk for your baby.

    I had the opposite conversation with my dentist recently:

    Dentist (Reading my form): "You're breastfeeding?"
    Me: "Yeah, but you know, my baby is two, so not that frequently."
    Dentist: "The drug we use for sedation is not recommended for nursing mothers."
    Me: "How long does it take to wear off?"
    Dentist: "Ten to twelve hours"
    Me: "Okay."
    Dentist: "You can pump your breastmilk during that time and discard it so that you don't lose your supply."
    Me: "Oh, at two years you really don't have to worry about that. The milk is just there when you need it."
    Dentist: "Really? I didn't know that, my wife nursed our children up until a year."
    Me: "Yeah, that's one reason I'm still nursing - it's a lot more low key than in the early days."
    Dentist: "Good to know."
    Me: "So I'll do the procedure in the morning, since Joe still nurses mostly at night, and it will be no problem going twelve hours."

    So there you go!!


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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    That's a hilarious conversation!!! You are a mama!

    And, JoMo, how great that your dentist was receptive and not at all rude .

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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*wreckgoddess View Post
    Well I just never thought someone would suggest I was demented for still pumping on the LLL forum...
    I'm sorry if my post about him possibly being surprised at length of time pumping contributed. I think it's awesome as well, and with Jenna that you are amazing and don't need to justify.

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    Default Re: The look on a doctors face...

    From one medical-professional to another: I hear you on the our-schedule-is-just-different front, and love that you're helping educate those around you!!!

    I'm amazed how often I'm embarrassed at the fact that I still pump when I eg work a call shift (so, up to 30h straight, having left the house well before my daughter is awake on the first day...)... at an academic medical center in a liberal city! I'm so glad there are people like you around helping reset the norm.

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