Given the momentousness of this occasion (I get my lunch breaks back! I can wear dresses that don't pull down in the front! Regular bras!), I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect a bit on how pumping at work has gone.
Over the last 3 months I've rotated through neurology, psychiatry, and outpatient medicine at Stanford hospital. For most of the time, I've ended up using my trusty Medela manual pump. Its size, ease of cleaning, quietness, and speed has endeared me to it over my electric pump and even over the hospital-grade pumps available in the maternity ward of the hospital.
-in the maternity ward lactation room (it has 3 chairs for the entire hospital campus, so there's often a line, but it has some perks, namely the conversations through the curtains with other moms, and that you can check out the newborn nursery on your way in for an oxytocin boost)!
-in bathrooms all over the place. Gross, but sometimes convenient.
-in my car
-in my team room (with a cover), so that I wouldn't miss a call back from a patient's primary care doctor
-in empty clinic rooms (which are the best! There's a computer for internet browsing, magazines to page through, and even a sink)
-during morning report with the neurology department (with a cover, sitting in the back and trying hard to look nonchalant)
|totally worth it|
But the nice thing about being a medical student is that you're surrounded by doctors, who are comfortable with bodily processes and most of whom have at least a passing familiarity with the health benefits of breast milk.
I can't imagine that I would be comfortable pumping during a meeting at any other job...but then, at any other job, I would probably have enough control over my schedule to take 15 minutes to pump when I needed to!
Have you ever pumped in front of colleagues?