Amber Caron
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Welcome to the Nursing Mothers group on Mayo Clinic Town Square

Posted by @ambercaron, Wed, Mar 1 1:19pm

Welcome to the Nursing Mothers group on Mayo Clinic Town Square.

This is a welcoming, safe place where you can meet others who are or have been a nursing mother.
Here we can connect and share stories, offer tips, encourage each other in the breastfeeding journey. This is truly an open forum for all kinds of connections and conversations.

I’m Amber, and I’m the moderator of this group. I am a mother of 2 boys (4 year old & 1 year old). I moved to Rochester 11 years ago with my husband who is a Rochester native. I enjoy connecting with others who are in the middle of the crazy world of parenting.

I look forward to getting to know you and introducing you to other members.

Let’s chat. Why not start by introducing yourself?

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Katie
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Posted by @giglykatie, Fri, Mar 10 10:10am

I’m Katie. I am mom two a 3 year old boy and 8 month old girl. I am in Rochester and have been here for about 10 years. My husband is also a Rochester native. I am a breastfeeding supporter and am working towards more professional capacities to use my passion for breastfeeding mothers and children.
I’ve lived a crazy life with breastfeeding and seen MANY providers through my time nursing my kids and look forward to hearing more about everyone’s journey.


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Fri, Mar 10 10:22am

@giglykatie Thank you for introducing yourself. This is a brand new group and I am excited for others to join and “meet” other moms who are breastfeeding.


Katie
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Posted by @giglykatie, Thu, Mar 16 9:36am

Me too!!!


Cyndi
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Posted by @chengel, Sat, Mar 11 5:06am

I’m Cyndi. I have two daughters, one is 2 years old, one is five months old. We live near Winona and both my husband and I commute to work–I drive to Rochester and he drives to Wisconsin. I breastfed my oldest for a little over four months before I stopped due to a needlestick exposure, but continued pumping to maintain supply. My supply eventually dwindled and I stopped three months after the exposure. Once I got the all clear from my doctors, we reintroduced the pumped breastmilk. I’ve had a much easier journey with my second! I’m a huge supporter of breastfeeding but I find it very, VERY difficult to balance working, pumping, driving, spending time with the family and still having time for myself.

I’m looking forward to chatting with other moms on here! Anyone else have the same issue with balancing work/family life?


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Tue, Mar 14 11:38am

Cyndi, Welcome to the group! I have also had the issue of balancing work/family/pumping.It is so hard to balance all of those things and sometimes nursing just seemed to get in the way. I just kept telling myself to keep going because that first year will go so fast. I always feel like i am not doing a good job at work by pumping 2 times a day. Trying to find those times to get away was so hard even though i have a supportive work environment. Hang in there!


Katie
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Posted by @giglykatie, Thu, Mar 16 9:38am

Cyndi, yes! Work and life balance is definitely a challenge. I commend you on your commitment after your exposure. So stressful!
I was 8 weeks pregnant with my son when I also had an exposure with known infectious agent— it was one of the most stressful times of my life not knowing if myself and my child would contract this infection/disease. (Thankfully we’re all clear and that was over 3 years ago now!)

Some things that I do to assure I achieve some balance is keeping work at work- no emails at home! It has made a world of difference for our family!.


Jayne Whiting
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Posted by @jbob0316, Wed, Mar 22 12:59pm

Time for myself? What’s that?!! I used to work inpatient at SMH 12 hour shifts .75 FTE, which at times I could have 4 days off in a row…now I am working 4 days a week and struggle immensely to balance time! Mornings are chaotic, nights are just as crazy with getting home, having to clean pump parts, prepare next day bottles for daycare and nurse a hungry baby… I could not imagine adding a drive on top of that–you go mama!! It’s temporary is all I keep telling myself 🙂


JOstby
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Posted by @jostby, Wed, Mar 22 4:54pm

I agree I don’t know how you do it with a drive?! Do you pump while your driving? I see many posts about that on other blogs to multitask, but obviously BE CAREFUL! What really saved me pumping at work was using the Kiinde system. I was able to pump right into bags. I pumped one side into bag, the other into a bottle and combined into the bag after the pump. I then used a new bag and the same bottle for the next pump. I pumped 3x a day for a verryyyyyy long time. And then at the end of the day would have 3 bags of milk I would portion into her three 4 oz bottles for work the next day, using those bags. Any extra I would freeze or save for the next day in case didn’t pump enough. I would have WAY less bottles and parts to wash at night then in the morning I just drop off the bags at daycare. My daycare provider had the holder and nipple, would just pop in the bag and give bottle. After bottle finished bag is thrown away. No bottles to pick up at end of day and no extra bottles to wash!!! The bags are a little bit pricier but would look for deals on Amazon and Target.

I felt the hardest nursing session of the day was when I got home from work. I felt so stressed to make sure to get home in time and then it felt like the night would go so quick by the time nursing and eating myself was done. After I dropped that pump a few months ago that really made me feel like i was freer and had more time. I don’t make a Target stop after work as much as I should!

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Jennifer Reiman
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Posted by @jmreiman, Fri, Apr 14 8:23am

@jostby I also use the kiinde system and pump into one bag and a bottle. I agree so much less to wash up. Luckily I have a very supportive husband who does most of the pump part washing up on evenings which is a time saver and less stress. The thought of more washing was stressing me and decreasing my motivation to pump 3x per day.


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Fri, Apr 14 1:30pm

@jmreiman washing is the worst! I am so happy to be done with it. Hang in there!


JOstby
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Posted by @jostby, Tue, Apr 18 11:58am

@jmreiman washing is the worst!! Thankfully my husband did all the part washing etc for me as well. I never pumped at home, except for a small period of time my daughter ate only one side in the morning when starting sleeping through night more. But that was stressful trying to find more time in an already busy morning so I was thankfully when my supply regulated and stopped that! Having a free lunch is so amazing now! I watched Netflix during my work pumping sessions to help relax, and now I miss the little TV time I got a day 😉

Keep up the good work! My breastfeeding journey just came to an end this weekend and definitely having mixed emotions. Thankful for more “freedom” but missing the bonding time with my daughter. Now to find new ways to bond!


JOstby
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Posted by @jostby, Thu, Mar 16 12:03pm

I’m Jill. I have one daughter who just turned one last week. We live in Byron and my husband is a 4th grade teacher in the community. I commute to Rochester and I am a Pharmacist at the clinic. Both my husband and I are from Fargo and we have been living here for almost 6 years. The hardest thing for us is we have no family in town, so whenever we have visitors we try to take time away for a date night! I am very fortunate I have been able to exclusively breastfeed my daughter. Due to symptoms of possible dairy intolerance I cut dairy from my diet since my daughter was 8 weeks old. Thankfully she has started eating dairy with no issues herself and I have introduced it back to my diet. Yeah cheese! We are working on the whole milk transition now. My daycare provider thinks mixing whole milk and BM is gross and thankfully daughter is taking whole milk fine and I am still sending breastmilk to use up the small freezer stash I have. I am having mixed feeling about stopping. I am VERY ready to be done pumping at work. Recently I cut down to 1 pump session, and still nurse AM before work and evening to sleep. Incredibly thankful for a supportive work unit and access to a lactation room! I hope Mayo and the Rochester community continues to support nursing mothers. This has been one of the hardest but most rewarding things I have done. I agree with everyone the work life place is incredibly hard. My poor husband I admit I don’t make enough time for him and have been at times obsessive over our feeding schedule. I am looking forward to more relaxed schedules and not having the constant feeling of when will I pump/nurse. I don’t think my daughter is quite ready so we will see how the transition goes and will continue AM/PM for awhile. I couldn’t have done this without supportive family, friends, and coworkers. I hope other moms use this thread to find help in their breastfeeding journey’s and know they are not alone in the joys and struggles it brings!

How do you guys fit in working out? I admit I used pregnancy and then breastfeeding as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted and not work out but really want to fit this back in my schedule. Working full time and wanting as much time with my daughter as possible I don’t know how to find the energy to fit this in.


Amber Caron
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Posted by @ambercaron, Thu, Mar 16 1:18pm

@jostby Thank you so much for joining the group and sharing. I totally understand everything you are going through. Sounds like you are doing an amazing job! I found the breastfeeding “stress” and balance to be very different the second time. With my first son it was way more stressful i was so worried about making enough and pumping enough etc. My body actually stopped producing at 8 months due to the stress of everything. With my second son it has been so much better. i am a more relaxed mommy this time. It is still hard and i still struggle with the balance but something about it is just better this time. My son is now 13 months and still nursing morning, and night. I pump 1 time a day now and am looking forward to weaning completely in the next month. As for working out i found out that i cannot do it because my production drops dramatically. I barely make enough each day for him. I never had a freezer stock because i just couldn’t produce much. I must just be one of those people that every calorie counts when breastfeeding. I found that if i didn’t eat enough i didn’t make enough. I am really looking forward to weaning so i can get back into my fitness routine. I am not sure what others have experienced. Thanks again for sharing!


Jayne Whiting
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Posted by @jbob0316, Wed, Mar 22 1:07pm

I am feeling the same way! I used to work out 4-5 days a week pre and during my pregnancy. I tried keeping that up on maternity leave as much as possible but it’s been a challenge to work out now that I am back at work. On my lunch break, I eat and pump then the last half I walk in the subway to the DAHLC and back. I just found the stairwell by the Gonda elevators and am going to attempt that this week! I heard they even play music in stairwell. Even just a quick 20 minute walk, I feel energized. Do you have time over your lunch at all to walk or climb stairs?


JOstby
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Posted by @jostby, Wed, Mar 22 1:34pm

I just dropped my last pumping session this week and now have a full hour lunch to myself! My plan is to use half of it to walk around the skyways downtown. Just got back from doing so and now I could use a nap 😉 I just joined a weekly challenge a friend is putting on through facebook for 5 min workouts each day. Day 3 and still sore from Day 1 of doing squats and lunges haven’t done in 2 years. Ouch! But it is a start!

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