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Expressing milk at work

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melonribena Tue 23-Apr-13 17:05:21

Hi! I will also post this in breastfeeding but I was wondering if there are any teachers who have experience of expressing milk at work.

I'm going back when my milk allergic baby is 10 months old and I will have to express during the day.

Any experiences will be gratefully received

funchum8am Tue 23-Apr-13 19:39:34

Hi I did this but only for a few weeks. I had thE site staff deep clean an unused disabled loo as it had a sink and a seat and was right by my area of school. I locked myself in at lunchtime and expressed every day, taking about 30 minutes. I took in a big Tupperware which I filled with water and Milton every day and stored the pump parts in there, then put the milk in our team room fridge nearby and took it home at the end of the day. I unembarrasedly explained to my team what the milk was so no one drank it, and to educate them a bit, and explained I would not be available between 12.50 and 1.10 each day. I was also let off lunch duty. It is a pain but it can be done!

melonribena Tue 23-Apr-13 20:16:46

Thanks fun chum! That's a great idea about the pump parts too. I wish I didn't have to do it but hey ho!

YoniOrNotYoni Tue 23-Apr-13 21:45:31

I did too. I informed work I would still be feeding when I emailed them about returning to work and they were very supportive. The site team cleared out an underused walk in cupboard and fitted blinds and a lock for me. Head teacher arranged cover for my afternoon tutor period (20mins) and made it clear that I could continue for as long as necessary.

As it was, I found I only needed to do it for a month or so. After that my supply seemed to do magical things. I still feed ds (20mo) on demand during weekends and holidays but just morning and night in school days.

My advice is to tell school early and try to solve any problems (eg by suggesting times/locations) yourself.

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