Re: Help returning to work next week
I'm going to address several concerns separately, so this may get kinda long.
Bottle-feedings: babies often won't take a bottle from mom, or even accept one when mom is anywhere in the house. Ask your MIL to try giving her one. Most breastfed infants prefer slow-flow nipples, and ones that are made of silicone, not rubber. There are other ways to feed an infant, too, that don't involve bottles. http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/bottle.html
Pumping at work: get a good pump. A double pump, hospital-grade, that's not made by a company that also makes formula. They have a vested interested in pumping failing for you, so their pumps aren't so good. A good pump will help you to take less time out of your day for pumping.
Does your employer provide 15min breaks for employees? A lunch break? If yes, you should be able to pump at those times. If not, but they still allow smokers to take a break to head outside, you can use that to your advantage.
Pumping locations: Get creative! If they're not willing to budge on providing you a special room for pumping, look for other options. They won't be as nice as that, but still possible. Some ideas to get you started: storage rooms, storage closets, co-workers' offices who are off on vacation/maternity leave, your own car (look for a car adapter for your pump), a less-often-used bathroom (carry cleaning wipes in your pumping supplies!), coat closets, shredding closets.
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