Re: Not going so well...Help!
Another mom who's working in direct patient care in a busy hospital here -- it can be really tough when your days are unpredictable. I totally agree with all the suggestions other posters have. I bring my ipod and listen to music as I pump; that helps me "check out" of my role as a care provider and check into the job of making milk for my LO. Also, on some days I pump early in my shift, because I have time then, and I'm not sure if I'll have time later. Does your hospital have a hospital grade pump they let you use? That'll make the most of your time. I was very nervous about taking the time out to pump. I know how busy nurses can be, especially on acute cardiac floors, but most days it's possible to make the conscious decision to say, I will devote myself to my patients 100%, except for the times I'm pumping. Find a nurse to help, who's been there. You can do it!!
DS Ethan 12/16/2008
Breast fed/pumped 11 months as a surgical resident, 80 hours a week at work
DS Abram Daniel 12/20/2012
Feel like we've gotten a strong start