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I returned to work when Jemma was 4 months and 5 days old. I was blessed to have 18 weeks at home. Priceless weeks to bond with my girl and establish our nursing relationship. Upon my return to work I planned to pump once in the morning, have Jemma’s nanny bring her to nurse during my lunch, and pump in the afternoon. I was always curious about other work-away-from-home mama’s schedule and such, so here is a sneak peak into schedule …
Each Sunday night I prepare my pumping bag for the week. It includes:
- Medela pump
- 2 8 oz bottles with lids
- 2 5 oz bottles with lids
- 2 sets of flanges, membranes and other pump parts
- Lansinoh milk storage bags
- Hair tie
- Reading material
- Hands-free Pumping Bra
- Burp cloth – to catch any drips
- Fridge storage bag
I work Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 7 pm. Here’s what each day looks like:
- 9:30 am – pump, average 6-12 ounces depending on the day and how much Jemma nursed in the morning
- 1:00 pm – Jemma arrives for lunch and nurses at the beginning of the hour and again right before she leaves at 2
- 4:30 pm – pump, avereage 4-8 ounces depending on the day
I almost always pump the most on Monday mornings. Wednesdays are usually my low day. I tend to bounce back on Thursdays … I’m guessing this happens since it is my Friday and I’m less stressed about work and more excited about the weekend :)
Since February my record high was a Monday morning pump – 14.75 ounces. My record low was a Wednesday morning – 4.75 ounces. In the beginning I used to have a near-heart attack whenever I saw a big change in output. But, I’ve learned that things ebb and flow and as long as I’m taking care of myself – lots of rest, water, and good food, I always bounce right back.
If you are a working or pumping mama I would love to hear your story! Feel free to post your story and leave me the link!
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