My ds is now 5 months old, and I have been pumping at work since August. He is in the 80th percentile as far as weight, so I know he is getting enough when he breastfeeds. I have had serious issues with pumping from the start though (I have problems with let-down and end up starting and stopping, starting and stopping the whole time). I am a teacher, so I only have one pumping opportunity, from 12:20-1:10 every day. It takes me that full amount of time to get anywhere from 3-5 ounces. It is a P.I.T.B., but it is a sacrifice I am more than willing to make even if it means giving up my whole planning block.
Here is the conundrum part: In the Spring semester, I will no longer have the same planning. My planning then is going to be from 8:06-9:40. I will have just fed him at 7:00 (last thing I do before I leave home everyday), so that block of time is going to be useless to me. Our lunch is from 12:10-12:45, and the administration's idea is for me to pump and eat at the same time. Ha. I can barely pump alone, much less do anything else at the same time. So I can either eat, or I can pump. Our administration has never been a breastfeeding advocate, so they make no provisions for anyone to cover our classes or anything. I know that going from 7:30 to 4:30 without eating anything is not going to do me any good as far as breast milk production (snacks are out also, except during our planning).
Should I pump the little I'll get in the morning? Should I skip lunch and pump? Should I just plan on going all day and feeding him when I get home that afternoon? I am anticipating some serious discomfort with that option.
What have you all done in the past if you in in similar situation?