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    squarepegsquarepeg
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    anyone have any experience with breastfeeding as a resident, specifically on ER rotations? taking breaks to pump doesn’t seem too feasible to me, but I’m wondering if anyone has had any experience with it.
    just curious.

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    #84772
    rydysrydys
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    I breastfed two babies during residency. The first thing to learn is that you can and should take breaks to pump. Even in the ER, if you see it is getting to be time to pump, don’t take the next pt, but stabilize the ones you have, tell the nurses and attending where you’ll be, and go pump. You may have to eat lunch while pumping, but do it. there will of course be times when things are just too busy and too many people are crashing, but if someone has been in the waiting room for 3 hours, ten more minutes won’t make that much of a difference. On other rotations, just make the time. If a blood sample is taken 10 minutes later it usually doesn’t make a difference. Get a good double pump so it doesn’t take too long and stick to your guns!

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