Re: Juggling work and breastfeeding
It is HARD! My DS is seven months old, and though I love breast feeding, I am tired of the stress of pumping. I use the lactation room at work, which has access to a phone, so I often return pages as I pump (sometimes people ask me what that noise is in the background...I don't have the courage to tell them what it actually is). I plan my day around pumping; if I know I have a long morning case, I pump right before. I sneak out of clinic to pump, I pump as soon as I'm done in the OR, etc. etc. etc. Basically, it has to be my top priority other than immediate patient care. I'm lucky, because up until now I've had no real issues with supply. It's starting to slow down, but so far I've managed to keep up. Finding time to pump is stressful and exhausting at times, but really worth it.
Originally Posted by @llli*mamaresident
As for the profession beating the momma out of me? All I have to do is get home, pick up my DS, and have him pull at my shirt and make his nursing face. It's the best way for us to snuggle, and such an amazing way to reconnect after long busy days for me. My family has chosen to start solids at six months, and I think realistically he'll be weaned around a year. That's my compromise, but each day we nurse is another treasure.
I don't know how I do it. I just do, and it seems to have not fallen apart completely.
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