43 responses

  1. Kelly
    March 4, 2016

    Sounds like it is going well for you! My second daughter is 15 months and still nursing, however we have moved past all the pumping so it’s quite nice! A couple of suggestions after reading your post and a question. First, why do you save 4 oz from Friday and mix on Monday? I always thought it was a no go to mix frozen milk with fresh milk?

    Suggestion..put your husband in charge of cleaning the bottles, pump parts, and preparing the bottles at night!!! My deal with my husband was that if I was going to pump all day, then his job would be to help with the bottles. It saved me a lot of time.

    Lastly, It looks like you have a decent freezer stash. I would try to rotate it out a bit more. Maybe once a month, freeze an entire week’s milk and use a bag from your deep freeze. Sometimes milk that has been in a deep freeze for months can taste different and babies don’t love it. One of my daughters would not drink milk that had been frozen for months and it was heartbreaking.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Meghann
      March 4, 2016

      Thanks, Kelly. Great advice on rotating the freezer stash, I know I need to be better at that. My LC was actually the one who told me it was okay to mix frozen with fresh. I know it’s bad to mix chilled milk with still warm fresh milk, but the “fresh” I use is the same temperature as the defrosted milk when combined.

      • Alexis
        March 4, 2016

        I mix frozen and fresh, too! The frozen does taste different, and I find mixing helps. Also only mix same temp milk.

        It’s hard to stay on top of your freezer stash!! I try to use at least 4 oz of frozen every day, and still am constantly hitting the six month ‘expiration’. That deep freezer will be awesome for extending the life of your frozen milk.

      • Elena
        March 5, 2016

        Wow! What a process!

  2. Madeline
    March 4, 2016

    You’ll start to rotate through your milk as you travel for work (the first trip where you fly is so stressful making sure you have everything, but once you’ve done one, you’ll realize it isn’t a huge deal, besides missing your kiddo of course!), so that will help your freezer stash rotation! I loved that FB group too (my daughter is almost 18 months now and just nurses morning and evening so I don’t follow it any more), and I still love the Running pregnant/while nursing- moms run this town FB group!

  3. Meghan
    March 4, 2016

    Thanks for sharing, Meghann! I’ve been so stressed about the emotional aspects of returning to work that I don’t think I’ve been thinking enough about pumping. This is helpful information. I’m lucky that we have a mother’s room at school that I can use to pump in, and that it’s not that far from the area I’m in most of the day. I’m not looking forward to all the bottle washing, but your advice about what you pump into is helpful. I’m trying to decide how many bottles to send in while Olivia is at daycare from 8:30 (when tip drops her off) to 3:45/4:00 (when I pick her up); I just hope that I’m able to pump as much as you’ve been able to once I return.

  4. Cara
    March 4, 2016

    Lot’s of great info! I worked full time when my oldest was born, so I remember all those pumping days. I started out pumping in the bathroom while eating lunch. Gross. Then I asked someone else if there was a better place I could pump, she let me use her office and even bought me a mini fridge to store the breastmilk in. I only pumped for about 6 months , then transitioned to nursing when I was home with her. You are doing a great job mama!
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  5. Rachel
    March 4, 2016

    You only get to see Annalynn for an hour before bed!? That must be so hard! I feel for you.

    Totally second the above commenter that said to get your husband to help! It’s literally the least he could do 😉

    Finally, you have a large freezer stash. It would be amazing if you considered donating the older milk, especially as it doesn’t keep after 6 months in the freezer (some say 12 months but why chance it?) You could literally save a NICU baby’s life with a few donations. I really encourage you to look into it! Just think about if it was Annalynn and how grateful you’d be.

  6. Alexis
    March 4, 2016

    Commenting while I pump at a work conference. 🙂 I’m in a single door bathroom that was set aside for my use all week; they brought in a table and chair and put up a sign.

    Advice for traveling- write someone in advice so it’s not a logistical scramble when you arrive, and ask them to take the request to HR. Admin assistants or those who issue invites to meetings/conferences often don’t what to you need, but HR usually will. For this trip, the HR director of this large org actually met me at the door on day one to show me what they had set up.

    • Meghann
      March 4, 2016

      Thanks for the heads up! My job involves managing outdoor triathlons so more than likely I’ll be pumping in a trailer with my battery pack or outside of a tent on a ground. I refuse to pump in a porta potty so I’m a-okay with pumping outside a tent with a cover on.

  7. Kimberly
    March 4, 2016

    Thanks for this post! No wonder running and exercise has taken a backseat – you are quite the busy bee! I am due in April with my first, and I won’t be returning back to work until October. But I do plan on breastfeeding throughout. Where did you get your deep freezer?

    • Meghann
      March 4, 2016

      The deep freezer is from Sams Club. Good luck with the new babe. I know a million people will tell you, but it really does go fast!

  8. TLC
    March 4, 2016

    You rock. My husband and I just recently started talking about having children and I would definitely be going back to work. I’ve wondered how moms make breastfeeding work. Great post, thank you!

  9. Carly
    March 4, 2016

    Just curious (I didn’t breastfeed my kiddo so didn’t pump)- what is the problem with pumping in a washroom? Thanks and congrats on your beautiful babe!

    • Meghann
      March 7, 2016

      You wouldn’t want your food prepared in a restroom, and neither would your baby.

      • Natalie
        March 8, 2016

        well, sometimes you don’t really have an option. i pumped plenty of times in a bathroom, and my baby turned out just fine.

      • Carly
        March 8, 2016

        I have to say i am shocked by your rude reply, meghann. not all of us are quite so invested in breastfeeding and no need to shame us for it- it was a legitimate question. you have lost a reader.

      • Natalie
        March 9, 2016

        I just came back to see if there were any other replies to this side discussion, and I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who was super turned off by Meghann’s response. The smug attitude about breastfeeding / pumping is off the charts these days. Whatever happened to just simply feeding your baby, and having that be good enough?

    • Amanda
      March 8, 2016

      It’s not the most comfortable, but in a pinch, its really not a deal breaker. I pretty much pumped wherever I was (at work, while driving, in a tent, at a festival, at friends houses, and yes, in a bathroom) and didn’t see the big deal about it.

  10. Kirsten
    March 4, 2016

    This is super helpful! I’m currently pregnant with my first and will be going back to work after my maternity leave. I’m bookmarking for future reference. 🙂

  11. Abbie
    March 4, 2016

    This is so helpful! Thank you, Meaghanm! I’m due in August and already nervous about going back to work. I can’t recall if you covered this, but do you mind providing details and feedback on your breast pump? I am debating what type to get – the standard free breast pump from my insurance company or upgrading to a more deluxe version. I’d appreciate any thoughts as I’ll be a first time mom!

  12. Cindy
    March 4, 2016

    Pumping while traveling for work tips! I did it for 4 months with my first and 6 months with my second. 1. Spring hill suites all have a fridge. Lifesaver vs having to wait for a fridge to be delivered. (I’m a Marriott girl, I’m sure some other brands have fridge as well). 2. Bring a small bottle of cows milk from home and put it in your cooler with the ice pack when you are LEAVING town. For the most part, airports let me bring my ice packs if I could prove that I had my pump and pump parts but once or twice I had to sit outside security and pump 2 oz before they would let me in with my ice packs. So I brought 2-3 oz of cows (or almond or soy or whatever you choose) and poured it in my coffee on the other side of security! 3. On the way back, just declare your milk. Every airport is different. Some scanned every bag, some did random scans, some did nothing at all. Just declare before you go through security and be prepared for a 5 min delay. 4. Microwave steam sterilizer bags! Again spring hill suites also have microwaves and a small sink, so this was an easy way to clean parts daily during multiple day trips. 5. Ice machines to keep the ice packs and milk colder. 6. Use that milk first when you get home vs freezing it. I always felt like that milk had been through enough, it didn’t need to be frozen on top of it. 7. Formula is fine if you need to supplement. ?

  13. Nicole
    March 4, 2016

    Thanks for this post!! I go back on the 22nd and I’m totally nervous about handling it all. Your day sounds exactly how I imagined mine going so that makes me feel better!
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  14. Maria
    March 4, 2016

    Thanks for posting! This was so great to read. I am a full time working and pumping mom too and pretty much do exactly what you do. My daughter is almost 13 months now and I am in the process of weaning during the day so we can just nurse morning and night (easier said than done since she is still very much into it, although she eats all table food in sight too ha). Glad to hear it is going well and love knowing I’m not alone on this journey 🙂

  15. Elena
    March 5, 2016

    Wow what’ a process!

  16. Lacey
    March 5, 2016

    Sounds like you’ve got an awesome system! Will your new position at work require less travel/expos?

    • Meghann
      March 7, 2016

      I will still need to travel. I’m in a weird position where I’m covering aspects with my old position while going full steam ahead with the new position.

  17. rachel
    March 5, 2016

    Meghann, thank you so much for this post. I have been waiting for it! I am going to bite the bullet and order the bra you recommended. I thought I could just hold the pumps, but it’s so annoying!

    Do you pump during the weekends? I can’t stand pumping when I don’t need to, but I do want to keep a surplus going so I have extra just in case.

    • Meghann
      March 7, 2016

      I only pump on the weekends if I feel like I’m going to explode (for instance, if she decides to sleep through the night) or will be away from the baby for 3+ hours.

  18. Jess
    March 6, 2016

    Wow I am so impressed you are doing a great job! Sounds like a lot of work and preparation but so wonderful you are able to do that for.your daughter!
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  19. Kate
    March 6, 2016

    Thanks for writing this! How did you figure out how much milk she would take while you were away?

    • Meghann
      March 7, 2016

      There was some trial and error when my husband stayed home with her for 2 weeks initially after I went back to work. However, I will say she naps so much better at home than daycare, so at home she only took 3 bottles during the day, but with daycare it’s 4.

  20. Sarah Beth
    March 7, 2016

    This is such a great post! thank you so much! I only wish you had done it two weeks ago, since I went back to work full time last week 🙂

    I totally agree with the necessity for a double pumping bra that you can just wear all day under your clothes. I did one day with the bustier, and got so frustrated at wrangling it on and off! I tried to find the bra you recommended (I had seen it in an earlier post), but it didn’t come in my size. So for any other small-boobed pumping moms, the Simple Wishes Supermom bra is a lifesaver– you can pump in it, nurse in it, and it’s really pretty!

  21. Beckie
    March 7, 2016

    Our little ones share a birthday, so I’m always curious as to how you guys are all doing. I was actually just wondering last night how pumping was going for you since Annalynn is now in daycare. My little guys are up to 5 oz at a time for their bottles and they’re eating every 3ish hours while I’m gone, but they only take 3 bottles (I send a 4th just in case).

    You look like you have an amazing stash built up. I’ve been freezing since they were about a week old and add to it every weekend. I have been pulling out 24oz every week since January 4th and I just pulled out 30oz yesterday. How large is your freezer? We are talking of getting one, but can’t do anything about it just yet (our garage is too full and there’s no where in the house for one).

  22. Erin @ LivingEZ
    March 7, 2016

    This is really insightful, thanks for sharing! When I was pregnant, there was only one other mom in my office (of 25ish) and she only pumped for a month or two. I wish I had more role models on how to make it work between meetings and frequent travel. In the end, I didn’t return from maternity leave, but I am really impressed with your schedule. It’s good to know that there are lots of resources for pumping moms, even if I might not see them.
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  23. Mrs swan
    March 7, 2016

    Soooo jelly! I am lucky to pump 15ml. It is neat to read about how much others get though.
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  24. Samantha
    March 8, 2016

    Another tip about traveling through the airport – make sure your freezer pack is FROZEN before going through security. I was traveling home with 4 days worth of milk and TSA wanted to take my blue freezer pack because it wasn’t completely frozen (it had started to unfreeze after I left my hotel room that morning). The agent eventually just let me go after I pleaded with him, but I would have been devastated if I had to toss that milk.

  25. Lauren Schwartz
    March 8, 2016

    Pretty random but I always put the ice pack going the other direction in the cooler bag, haha!

  26. Melissa
    March 8, 2016

    All I can really say is WOW. I didn’t have to work and pump since I worked from home during my daughter’s first year. But mad respect for you. I’m sure it’s a stress relief to have a system down too.
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  27. Ashley
    March 8, 2016

    Another great Facebook group is “precious little sleep”- such a great resource for baby sleep questions and just sympathy for other moms not getting much sleep!

  28. tess
    March 10, 2016

    I am about to become a new Mom and I am SO confused about all this stuff. I work from home, but have to go away for work roughly 2 months of the year (spread out over several weeks here and there.). I have no idea how I’m going to manage it, so that’s one thing. But, would you have pumped if you primarily worked from home, too? I am thinking I want to, mainly just to give some of the feeding responsibilities to my husband. I really feel this should be a partnership, and he should spend as much time taking care of her as I do, so that’s the main reason I feel like pumping. Am I alone in this?

  29. Lisa
    March 18, 2016

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve bookmarked this post!

  30. Kat
    December 1, 2016

    I just came back to this post because I never commented in March to tell you, Meghann, you’re great! My daughter is just one month younger than Annalynne and when I went back to work in January, your posts about pumping really built up my confidence to do so as well. You describe it just as a matter of fact and it seemed to me much more approachable. This was especially important as I had no role model or practical advice from other young moms that I know personally. And I got some side eyes from people I told about my plan to breastfeed and pump… So in the end we made it over a year and just stopped the nightly breastfeeding a few nights ago. Thank you!

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