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Badass Breastfeeder of the Week; 2-24-14

police officer breastfeeding baby

I’m still BFing my 9 month old son.  I had to return to work when he was only 5 months.  I’m a police officer that is assigned to patrol.  My department never had a lactating patrol officer and they didn’t really know how to handle the situation.  It’s been rough pumping at work and I’m sad the federal law only covers me for one year so I will most likely dry up without pumping during my 12.5 hour shift.  I already have a low supply so I’m just dreading my son’s first birthday because that is when I will be forced to stop pumping at work. But I thought I would send this photo for you to post to encourage other police officers to pump at work.  I have found that the majority of female officers choose not to breastfeed because the law enforcement culture is not very supportive. I just ask that my name not be used. I blacked out the name of the police department because I don’t want to get into trouble. My mom brought my son to see me at work on my birthday as a surprise.  I was so happy to see him as I miss him so much at work and was excited about nursing him instead of having a pump session.

Comments

  1. Marisa Teeter says

    You can still pump on your lunch break! Way to go 🙂

  2. Love this!!! So sorry to hear that they will not be supportive of you pumping beyond the year… Keep your hopes up, you might not dry up at all… your body adjusts to what your lo demands… I work full-time too and found that co-sleeping with my son and letting him nurse while sleeping was great (now 3yo and still nursing).

    Congrats to you!!!!

  3. Thank you for your service! I’m a LEOW and can only fathom what you go through on a daily basis at work. To take care of your son as well as you are on top of taking care of your community is amazing! Keep up your fantastic bad-ass self!

  4. Way to go! its great that your still bfing! you’re doing a great job!

  5. That is sooo awesome.

  6. Good job. You should be allowed to breast feed where u want. And u go girl. They can be uspset but Its your choice for ur baby! And im proud of you!

  7. Thank you for sharing your story, Hopefully more people in your situation speak out we are given better laws to support working moms who breastfeed. I know some states like California are required to provide a place to pump that is not a restroom for up to 3 years. Good luck to you. You’re a terrific mom!

  8. Fellow BFing/pumping LEO here. Good for you, for taking these steps to feed your baby. I’d be happy to brainstorm with you as I would not want to give up pumping after the 1 year either. Feel free to email me ([email protected]) and we can chat. It’s not easy to work the BFing into our job but it is so rewarding! Thanks for your bravery in posting this photo, not sure I would have had the guts!!!

  9. I just want to say that you aren awaome!!!

  10. Congratulations! I too am a police officer momma. My son is 2 1/2, and I nursed him til he was 15 months old, pumping while on patrol during my 12 hour night shift. It was difficult, and you’re right… they guys just don’t “get it”
    I now have a 6 month old daughter and she too is still nursing, and I am pumping.
    Hang in there, and be safe. The most important part of your shift is going HOME.

  11. I went back to work in 6 month and pumping wasnt going to well for me anyway but i felt my body will make the nessesry adjustments and he did. But my shifts were onlly 8 houts each but still you can try and see if you will still be BF even most of the day you are far from your baby. Try it… good luck!

  12. That is awesome! I also work for a police department as a dispatcher and will be in the same situation when I return to work. I have to return once my doctor clears me (usually after 6 weeks) and the department has never had a lactating anything (officer, dispatcher or even office personnel) so they don’t know what to do. I am the midnight dispatcher and therefore am usually by myself with no one else in the building. This should be a challenge for them to figure out how to work it so I can pump while working!

  13. Truly badass!!

  14. Way to go Mama! You’re awesome! Thank you for your service! You’ve gone above and beyond what most women do all the while working an extremely demanding job!

  15. A manual pump may help, even if only to keep supply up. It’s actually super convenient for me!

  16. You’re sooo inspiring and you will help so many other women in law enforcement. Keep on keeping on and pump on your lunch break. There is also plenty of donors out there to help you after the baby’s first birthday. You are truly a BADASS.

  17. Awesome! You might be surprised- I go 10-11 hours a day with no pumping, and my daughter nurses evenings, early mornings and weekends. Still going at 2.5! Your body will adjust. (I quit pumping when she was 17 months. From 12-17 mos I just pumped 1 time per day. For your own comfort that might be nice while your body does adjust to it)

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