Re: Going back to work!
A hand pump is just not going to cut it to work full time. I strongly suggest getting a double electric, and picking up a battery pack if necessary so that you can pump without being plugged in. I have a Medela Freestyle that always runs on battery power and it's very convenient.
I occasionally (1-2 times a week) need to pump in a locker room at work. No other women have come in while I pump but I throw my down vest over the front of me while pumping just in case and as a bonus it keeps me nice and warm! You could also use a nursing cover to pump in the car.
I've been back at work for 2 weeks and we're starting to get into a routine. DD nurses at 6:30 AM, we leave for work/daycare at 7, she's dropped off at 7:15ish and I'm at work by 7:30. I pump at around 9 AM, noon, and 3 PM (I will shift by a half hour or so to accommodate meetings), and leave work at 4 PM to pick her up. She's picked up and we're on our way home by 4:15ish. We arrive home around 4:30 and she usually nurses at 5 PM. She eats again at 7 or 7:30 and we try to get her to bed by 8 PM. After she goes to bed I prep bottles for daycare and wash pump parts. I generally wake her up at 10-10:30 for a snack before I go to sleep and then she will wake up once (usually) between then and 6:30 AM to nurse.
A key is to do everything the night before - have your lunch ready, have baby's bottles and daycare supplies ready, lay out clothes for you and baby, even shower the night before so that all you need to do in the morning is get up, eat (you and baby), get dressed, and GO.
So far I actually don't mind pumping at work. It gives me a much-needed short break in my workday that I was always too busy to take prior to having my baby. I have a hands-free pumping bustier and I check personal email, play games, or surf the web on my iPhone while I pump. I find it easier to focus on the work at hand after my breaks.
Katie - mom to Lily, 8/5/2010