Re: new member and pumping enough
Welcome! I'm sorry your pumping situation is so dodgy. I am sure some of the working moms will chime in with helpful suggestions soon, but here are the things I'm thinking:
- If the 24 mm shields are just marginally too small, try lubing your nipples with some olive oil. That may allow them to slide more freely in the collection tube.
- If the 27 mm shields are too big, it might help to start the pump on the lowest possible setting and gradually ramp up to an effective level.
- There's not much you can do about rushed pump time except assert yourself and take your legally allotted 30 minutes. I learned long ago that when it comes to work, you must stand up for yourself or people will walk all over you. I told my very first boss that I wouldn't work on Saturdays. And then I did it once, just once, because she was in a bind... And found myself working Saturdays the rest of the summer!
- The uncomfortable upping area sounds like an opportunity. You may be the first pumping mom at your place of work, but you won't be the last. I'd go to HR or your boss or whoever is in charge, and say "I want to make the pumping room more comfortable for myself and employees who will use it in the future. Can I get some furniture in there- chairs, a table, a potted plant- and also a lock on the door, or at least a sign for the door? I will take charge of making sure that the set-up is clean and pleasant. I just need the go-ahead to get some stuff out of surplus or pick it up at the store."
ETA: this link may help you troubleshoot your pumping output issues: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html
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