Dear Barbara and Kay,
I have a client who has returned to work. Her baby was born 5/6/11. She is a PhD at a university. She asked about pumping frequency at work and the effects on supply if she skips a pumping. We discussed the implications of regular milk removal. Breastfeeding is very important to her.
Her workday consists of many meetings with colleagues (all men). Her real question was how to tell her colleagues that she would need to step out periodically to go pump. She does not want to be perceived as not doing her job and would rather not tell them anything. I suggested that she pump before meetings and at breaks. She still feels as if she may be late returning to meetings after breaks and does not want to explain this to them.
Do you have any suggestions for this woman? She really feels as though she has no support at work. [Read more…]