Re: Teaching and Breast feeding
i had my first lo in june so i had the whole summer with her before going back to school in august. somehow i managed to pump for the entire school year to get to her first birthday (and since it was almost summer we kept going!). i just had numero dos in april and am staying home for now.
i taught kindergarten and was fortunate enough to have my own closet. i nursed before we left in the morning, pumped at lunch and/or planning (i was a team leader so i had lots of meetings during "planning", pumped after school, and nursed right when we got home. i had mother's milk tea every morning along with oatmeal which helped my supply stay up.
i too felt like i had to come in early or stay late (even after 7 years!). i choose to take a lot of stuff home but also made the best use of my time pumping. i took a laptop in my closet with me to email/make stuff/report cards/etc. i also used the time to read ahead for curriculum and planning (i was piloting a new math series). i think by the end of the year i could even cut laminating and color stuff while pumping and i ate my lunch in 3 bites during this time as well. i also had two sets of horns so i didn't have to clean anything until i got home. i also had an extra stash of medela bags just in case i forgot the bottles (i pumped directly in to dr. browns to save a step). everything was assembled in my bag ready to go so all i had to do was pump--not get stuff ready. there were probably days when i missed a pumping session (i can remember a day when i forgot my pump completely-ouch) and i would make up for it at night or early the next morning--oh the stress of needing 1-2 more ounces at the last minute, sigh.
my point is, you can make it work as best as you are willing and able to make it work. getting a routine/schedule helped me a ton and then i didn't forget parts. i won't lie, it was crazy busy...but worth it. my team wasn't really helpful but i think they saw how hard i was working and respected that. someone put a cowbell on my door with a sign that said moo.
do the best you can with what resources you have! good luck.
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