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    Default Re: I feel like breastfeeding is slipping away- help! (LONG

    Get blinds, or a folding screen that you can unfold in front of the window when you're pumping.


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    I think blinds are a great idea as well! Maybe those stick on type blinds? I also work for a law firm (financial admin) and pumped. Luckily my office has actual walls, but I do work with a bunch of men who knock and come in v. knock and wait for an answer. I put a little note on the door that I was pumping for the first week and everyone knew to stay out. I also told everyone that I was comfortable with anyone walking in, so I was closing the door for THEIR sake . Keep faith. You can make this happen. Just the fact that you are here seeking out advice is wonderful.
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    My office has ALL glass walls. So. Annoying. I pumped in the conference room, with my laptop. So worst case, even if you can't pump in your office, you can make it work. Being able to use your office is better, though!


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    My office has ALL glass walls. So. Annoying. I pumped in the conference room, with my laptop. So worst case, even if you can't pump in your office, you can make it work. Being able to use your office is better, though!
    Lol! and it is our conference room that is all glass all around. ha!

    Can you talk to your admin at your firm about helping you brainstorm on the logistics? It is her/his job to do find an acceptable place
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*clooneylover View Post
    Lol! and it is our conference room that is all glass all around. ha!

    Can you talk to your admin at your firm about helping you brainstorm on the logistics? It is her/his job to do find an acceptable place
    The conference room is glass too but has shades that come down over all of the giant windows.

    Personally, I chose to resolve all of the logistics myself. I didn't want to involve HR or administration; rather, I wanted the message from beginning to end to be that this would not change much at all about my work, that no one had to worry about it, and I wasn't going to take anyone else's time with these issues unless necessary. The politics of this will vary from firm to firm. I wanted to be more under the radar - my whole firm doesn't need to know about my pumping schedule, just the three or four people actually affected. (I think in some environments, involving HR makes something a "big deal" when it doesn't need to be, because everyone was really cool with whatever I needed to do.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    The conference room is glass too but has shades that come down over all of the giant windows.

    Personally, I chose to resolve all of the logistics myself. I didn't want to involve HR or administration; rather, I wanted the message from beginning to end to be that this would not change much at all about my work, that no one had to worry about it, and I wasn't going to take anyone else's time with these issues unless necessary. The politics of this will vary from firm to firm. I wanted to be more under the radar - my whole firm doesn't need to know about my pumping schedule, just the three or four people actually affected. (I think in some environments, involving HR makes something a "big deal" when it doesn't need to be, because everyone was really cool with whatever I needed to do.)
    . also i found individuals a lot more flexible and accomodating than hr who stuck to the exact letter of the law. like i said we had 4 people pumping at once. i just used to ask someone if they were going to be out of the office based on their schedule (boy did i embarrass one guy).
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    Yeah, also, our HR people drive me crazy. And they report everything to the management of the firm. I work in a satellite office. I didn't need HQ management talking about my breastfeeding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    The conference room is glass too but has shades that come down over all of the giant windows.

    Personally, I chose to resolve all of the logistics myself. I didn't want to involve HR or administration; rather, I wanted the message from beginning to end to be that this would not change much at all about my work, that no one had to worry about it, and I wasn't going to take anyone else's time with these issues unless necessary. The politics of this will vary from firm to firm. I wanted to be more under the radar - my whole firm doesn't need to know about my pumping schedule, just the three or four people actually affected. (I think in some environments, involving HR makes something a "big deal" when it doesn't need to be, because everyone was really cool with whatever I needed to do.)
    Yes to the bolded. Every firm has a specific culture, my firm would be annoyed if I used the conference room regularly for personal reasons.... so just feel it out and go from there.
    Admins job (mine ) is to make sure that our staff is happy and their needs are met. You know your own firm the best, so just take it from there, but feel free to bounce ideas here. As you can see, there are plenty of mamas that work in the same industry, yet we have done polar opposite things to make pumping work. There is no one right answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*clooneylover View Post
    Yes to the bolded.
    I wish you worked at my firm! Our HR/admin is totally clueless about BF'ing! And like Sarale said, totally worried about following the law and doing whatever is "required" instead of just, you know, finding me a place to pump with minimum drama.

    Since I work in a satellite office, I ran my pumping plans by our office managing partner, in as little detail as humanly possible (he is one of those older guys who hears the slightest hint about "female issues" and is like "whatever you need is great!" ).

    When the conference room was scheduled with actual conferences, I either waited or if that wasn't an option, I used the copy room as a back-up. I work in an office with seven attorneys and two assistants - everyone knew what I was up to and everyone was very accommodating.


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    Default Re: I feel like breastfeeding is slipping away- help! (LONG

    really glad you have good advice regarding the pumping!

    i used the simple wishes pumping bra and was very happy with it.

    i also always kept batteries in my battery pack just in case i couldnt plug in somewhere.

    just wanted to add that i too get plugged ducts easily and so i massaged/did compressions when i could during the pumping.

    dont worry too much about washing pumping parts, often i would just do a quick rinse with water but if i couldnt then i wouldnt and its ok.

    finally, i used to hand express each breast just for a min at the end of pumping and i found that really helped me overall with my supply!

    car sessions during a commute are great and i would occasionally add in a short session right before bed.

    i did eat oatmeal everyday and made sure i was drinking water when i could. not sure if it helped but thats what i did.

    you can do it! and we can always troubleshoot if you hit bumps along the way.

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