It's Working Project

"At the time, my company offered free pumps, lactation rooms, and the freedom to take additional 'breaks' to pump. Not long after I was done pumping, the policy changed and employees were required to use their standard break time to pump rather than using pumping time in addition to break time. I don't think I would have been able to pump for as long as I did if I had had to break my one hour lunch into two 30 min pumping breaks. "

FOR MOMS: If you breastfed, was there a place for you to pump that met your needs and was conducive to your success? If you breastfed, how did you decide to continue? FOR DADS: What, if any, adjustments did you (or your workplace) make to your schedule after having a baby? Was it specific to your manager or larger, whole work culture?

Breastfeeding was going well, it was cheaper than formula, and I received a good electronic pump for free from my work. This was pre-Obamacare and the free pump was through a returning to work program offered by my company and not through my health insurance.

What was your biggest challenge going back to work?

Lack of sleep – I took 12wks off and my daughter was still not sleeping well and I was damn exhausted.