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August 27th, 2008, 09:49 PM
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I'm thinking about switching to part-time nursing. After I went back to work full-time, I've had a hard time getting time to pump, and when I do pump, I don't get much out. My work schedule just doesn't seem conducive to pumping, and I'm not really gung-ho about pumping because frankly I hate it. I love nursing but hate pumping.
So I'd like to gradually phase out the pumping at work (it's only 4 days a week and sometimes I'm only there 6 hours/day) and only nurse when the baby is home with me (well... home or out or wherever), and then send formula with him to daycare.
Is anyone BF'ing just part-time? How's it working? Do you have any advice?

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August 27th, 2008, 11:21 PM
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Can't say I have. I hated pumping & struggled with it endlessly but managed to do it over a year (almost 18 months). I did get down to where I only had to pump 1 time a day for the last 9 months or more though.

Honestly, if youre struggling pumping enough now, and you give up pumping all together, its highly likely that your supply in general will suffer & for many moms - thats the beginning of the end.

Id like to encourage you to stick it out - find a way to nurse on your lunch break, pump longer, but less frequently, take mothers milk tea or fenugreek, etc. I always brought a book. i worked in an all male office w/ only cubicles, the only room w/ a door was the bathroom - not exactly conducive to pumping so i feel your pain there. Ive pumped in the car, even while driving, in the bathroom, you name it. I hated it, but reading made the time pass by easier than just sitting there watching milk drop. I even read a few BFing books like "So thats what theyre for!" and "the breastfeeding cafe" and surprisingly, reading those while pumping even helped my supply! lol.


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