managing breastfeeding and working

We all know that breastfeeding is very important for our babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, but...what if you have to return to work?

I know some employers provide a lactation room with a comfortable chair and a fridge as mine did. But I hated pumping breast milk- I always got milk on my cloths. There were days when I wounder if it all worth it. I missed connection with my baby, and I wanted to breastfeed my baby, not a breast pump.

I switched to part-time job because I wanted to spend more time with my son. I also considered working from home, but couldn't find any jobs.

How do/did you manage breastfeeding and working?

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    10/29/13
    8Theresa Gould
    I've never really had to work outside the home while breastfeeding. Hope others have some tips.
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      Amanda Hurley
      I went to school full time while breastfeeding. Luckily, my college had a comfortable room where I could pump and I wasn't away for too long. I usually only had to miss one feeding.
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      10/30/13
      Amanda Hurley
      With my oldest, 2 and a half years. Makenzie was 4 weeks, but because she had a bad case of GERD, which she still struggles with. Grahm was until he was 5 months old. He was getting greedy and it was too hard to take care of the other children with him latched on around the clock. Jasmine was easy because she was alone until she was 3 1/2, so I could let her nurse whenever.
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        02/10/14
        Pumping at work is not any fun. I think about the benefits of providing breastmilk to my daughter and it makes it all worth it. I enjoy the weekends with her and rarely do anything after work to make sure I have that time with her. We have a nice room at my office - with a comfy chair, a locked cabinet my items, a fridge and a sink. I try to read a book during pumping sessions to help me relax.
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        02/10/14
        Amanda Hurley
        i play games on my phone. I have to pump as Connor is on a feeding tube and does not nurse well. It also helps to go through his pictures.
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