What if I can't pump or feed for an entire day?

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  1. I have to go into a day-long interview (really, 12 hours!) and although I'm a huge breastfeeding advocate and I absolutely know they would accommodate my need to pump, I really don't want to present it as an issue during the interview.

    However, just today for the first time in seven months, I didn't pump or feed for 8 hours and I was getting really uncomfortable.

    Any advice on what I can do to reduce milk build-up, swelling, discomfort? I don't want to take sudafed (which I know dries things up temporarily) because I don't want my head swimming. Will ibuprofen or anything that won't make me loopy help?

  2. Wow, I assume that the interview process will also include a lunch and/or dinner? If you get a break at all during the interview time, I would pump or at least hand express if you are able. After 12 hours, you will be uncomfortable, not to mention it may be very obvious that you are uncomfortable. Remember to wear something that will not be too tight after several hours, or you could be showing more of your assets during the interview than you intend!
    Best of luck with the interview and I hope you do not get too uncomfortable. Oh, and perhaps you can ask your OB if s/he has any recommendations for what you can take that will help.

  3. Really good point about the clothes - would have totally forgotten that, especially since nothing is NOT too tight right now with the baby weight. I decided to get a new outfit so I'll take that into consideration.

    Good idea about lunch. I hope we don't all do a lunch together (there'll be a group interviewing) but just get let out on the streets.

  4. Wishing you all of the best. Please post how it went!

  5. I agree - even if you don't do a full pumping session with an electric pump, I'd suggest using a hand pump for a few minutes or at least hand express enough to relieve you a bit. Even if you don't get a whole lunch break to yourself, I'm sure they'll give you bio-breaks every few hours. That may be enough to help.

    I know how you feel. My DS is 7mo, and I've sadly been having a harder and harder time making the time to pump at work, and there have been a few times I've missed it all day - and I get REALLY uncomfortable. (My workplace is not unsupportive, but workload is heavy, and I have a lot of guilt. Plus, I really hate pumping, so it's partly my procrastination.)

    Good luck on the interview! It sounds really intense.

  6. I just wanted to second Polakis. I would bring a hand pump and just pump for a few minutes to relieve the pressure. If you do this once or twice during the day, you should be okay. Make sure you have nursing pads on in case you do leak.
    Jennifer

  7. Start restricting your intake from at least 12 hours before and when you are there don't drink alot. Nurse and then pump immediately before leaving for the interview. Then take your bathroom breaks and hand express as needed. As soon as you are done with the interview pump - don't wait another minute. After this I would suggest nursing/pumping every 2 hours for at least 24 hours to make sure that your supply does not permanently drop.

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