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January 30th, 2014, 07:14 AM
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Georgia
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Tomorrow I start a new job. I'll be working at an equestrian facility. I'm exclusively breastfeeding my new daughter. I've pumped about 20 oz to get us through the first few days.

I'm going to need to pump at work. My breasts might burst if I go 9 hrs without pumping.

I'll get a 30 minute lunch break. But I'd like to duck into the bathroom every 2-3 hrs to just pump for 10 mins to relieve the pressure in my breasts.

HOW DO I EXPLAIN THIS TO MY EMPLOYER? I know she will be keeping a sharp eye on me given that I'm brand new. I don't think she would approve of 10 min bathroom breaks without knowing the real story.

Can I introduce the topic as a medical issue? "I want to let you know that every 3 hrs I'll need to use the bathroom for 10 minutes to pump my breasts." That sounds...embarrassing. And like I'm looking to slack off from work.

Are there any medical complications that result from not pumping? Maybe I could broach it as- "Since I'm breast feeding my daughter, I need to take 10 mins every 3 hrs to pump in order to avoid (insert dramatically terrible complication like breast bursting or something)."

My boss is a female without children.
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January 30th, 2014, 11:31 AM
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If you live in the US your employer has to give you time to pump. I'm not sure what the specifics are but I would suggest calling your boss before you start and explain to her you breast feed and you need to have a sanitary (not a bathroom) place to pump every X amount of hours for 10-20 mins.

You're going to need to pump a lot in order to keep your supply up!

Good luck and let us know what your boss says!

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January 30th, 2014, 03:00 PM
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Georgia
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I guess I over thought it. I told my employer that I am feeding and need to pump every 3-4 hrs for 10 mins to avoid - and my employer just jumped in and said "absolutely. Whatever you need to do." So we'll see how it goes tomorrow!
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January 30th, 2014, 03:29 PM
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Awesome! I'm glad you called and got that over with! I'm sure it'll go great!

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January 31st, 2014, 01:13 AM
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Good luck!! Your entitled to pumping time, it's scary breaking the news to someone new though. Have fun at work tomorrow.
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February 1st, 2014, 10:06 PM
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Good luck letting her know. Hope it goes smoothly for you
When I had to schedule breastfeeding/pumping time at work was surprised how people jumped in and said " of course no problem!"
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