Baby G is almost 6 months old and has been exclusively breastfed until just recently when we started introducing baby food and baby cereal. This is the story of how I've managed to balance work and breastfeeding.
I returned to work when Baby G was about two months old. I hadn't planned on going to breastfeed him on my lunch. I called the director of my daycare the first morning I was back at work to deal with getting his immunization record. She mentioned that I could stop by any time to feed him if I wanted. I told her I would stop by at lunch to nurse him. I went there at lunch that day and continued to go every day thereafter. It is nap time when I go so all the lights are off. The baby room that Baby G is in is like a little apartment. The caretaker is the only one in his room besides the other three babies but they are usually in their cribs in a different room napping. Nursing Baby G at lunchtime is my time to relax and bond with him. It is an instant tension reliever.
I treat my lunch appointment with Baby G as I would any other appointment. It is on my calendar and I make sure I keep it. My coworkers know that I take lunch at 11:30 and if I need to change that, I need advanced notice so I can let my daycare know.
The other part that goes with breastfeeding is pumping. I work at three different locations. The first location has a large restroom with a separate lounge area. I had to find an acceptable area to pump at the other locations. I absolutely will not pump in a bathroom without a separate lounge area. I found a place in two separate storage areas. I never asked my boss but just spoke to whomever at the locations.
I didn't ask because pumping is my legal right and I treat it as such. I even had a work conference in March. I emailed the marketing person ahead of time and told her I needed a place to pump. The conference was held at our large corporate location and they had a separate facility for breastfeeding moms. The marketing person made sure I had access to that part of the building.
I have found that overall both my coworkers and my boss are supportive. Nobody has made any negative comments to me. I would just shrug off anything if somebody did have the nerve to say something.
Have you been a working mom who breastfed? How did it go for you?