Six Awkward Workplace Situations Every Pumping Mom has to Deal With

Though government legislation and workplace policies aim to make it easier for women to get their breastfeeding-related needs accommodated by their employer, any nursing mother knows that pumping milk in the workplace involves way more than reserved time and space. Policies don’t prevent things like leaking breasts, nosy coworkers, or meetings that run long. Are you wondering how to delicately handle some of the more awkward situations that come about because you’re a working, pumping mom? Read on for some great tips.

1. Your coworker pops in for a “quick chat” just as you’re ready to start your pumping session. Your schedule for the day is packed, but you’ve meticulously planned out your pumping sessions to coincide with brief breaks between appointments. Protect this time with both firmness and kindness – keeping a consistent pumping schedule is essential to maintaining your milk supply.

f you’re not comfortable disclosing the reason your time is limited, simply say, “’Im sorry, I don’t have any time right now, but I do want to touch base. Let’s set a time for later.” Then, on the spot, review your schedules and set a time to meet. If time is of the essence, request that they send you an email and promise to respond to it by the end of the day.

2. Your breasts start leaking at the worst possible moment. Leaking breasts are a constant battle for nursing moms. Whether you’ve gone too long between pumping sessions, or hear an emotional story that causes a milk let-down, there’s no way to control your body’s natural response. At the moment it happens, before your milk leaks through your bra and shirt, quickly and quietly excuse yourself to prevent embarrassment.

To prevent this from turning into a regular awkward situation, wear breast pads daily. LilyPadz Nursing Pads are a unique alternative to the traditional bulky disposable pads. Made of thin, discreet silicone that attaches directly to the nipple, they actually prevent leaks by keeping the milk in your breast. Not only do you avoid a potential wardrobe malfunction, but you also prevent that milk from being leaked and wasted.

3. Your office door is shut and locked – but a persistent client or coworker knocks anyway. Some people are a little clueless and aren’t quite sure what’s going on. They see a closed door but hear a strange noise (your pump), so they know you’re in there and hope you’re available to see them. If this happens in-the-moment, you can either choose to ignore them or call out to them and let them know you’ll be available in ten minutes.

To prevent this awkward situation in the future, put a note on your door every time you pump. It doesn’t have to say you’re pumping; it can simply say, “Please no interruptions. I’ll be available at 2:30.

4. You need to wash your pump parts in the common break room. While breastfeeding is nothing to be ashamed of, every mother has a different level of tolerance for open disclosure of their status as a nursing mom. For women who prefer discretion, it can make trips to the break room to wash breast pump parts uncomfortable if other people are present or ask questions.

Antibacterial wipes are available specifically to clean breast pumps; using these can allow you to clean your breast pump parts in the privacy of your office.

5. You’re on-the-go and don’t have the luxury of a central office to pump regularly. Not everyone has an office and a regular schedule. Many people travel between locations or are frequently on the go. To ensure you are still able to do your job AND pump as necessary, invest in a travel-friendly breast pump and accessories. Breast pumps have converters that plug into a car’s cigarette lighter, and hands-free pumping bras leave your hands available to work (or drive), meaning your pumping sessions will have minimal impact on your schedule and productivity.

6. Your boss really wants your opinion in an impromptu meeting. Ask if you can call in via speakerphone from your office. Mute your end of the line so that you can listen to the discussion in the meeting and not cause interruptions with the sound of your pump. Un-mute the phone when you have something you’d like to contribute. If you feel that the sound of your pump will be distracting (or it makes you uncomfortable), stop your pump for the brief moments you are speaking.

Don’t worry mama, you’ll be just fine. Every pumping mom encounters awkward situations in the workplace, but with a little forethought and planning, some of the most difficult situations can be easily avoided. Don’t let the demands of your job infringe on your need to pump; just get a little creative, and you’ll find that you’ll be able to do both.

– This post was written by Jenny Silverstone. Jenny is the mother of two, a blogger, and a breastfeeding advocate. You can find her sharing useful breastfeeding tips & parenting advice more at

ENTER TO WIN a LilyPadz Starter Kit for National Breastfeeding Month!

Hi Friends! As you may know August is National Breastfeeding Month. To celebrate, we are running a product giveaway from today (8/24) through 9:00pm EST Friday (8/28) on our Facebook page.

One lucky winner will receive a FREE LilyPadz Starter Kit – complete with a pair of LilyPadz, a bottle of LilyWash and a box of LilyWipes!

Entering is simple, just visit our Facebook page and click the “Giveaway” tab, or click HERE and follow the 3 easy steps!

While there can be only one grand prize winner, we want to make everyone a winner. So, all day on August 31st, we will be offering 20% off all purchases at! Just enter promo code NBFM2015 during check-out and save 20% on your total purchase! Now that is a great consolation prize! Be sure to share this post with all of your friends and share the gift of LilyPadz! #PreventTheLeak

– Team LP

World Breastfeeding Week 2015 Recap #WBW2015

We are approaching the end of World Breastfeeding Week and I thought I’d do a little recap on what this year’s theme is really all about and break it down into practical steps that you can use to make breastfeeding work at work.

If you are currently pregnant, congratulations! Just scheduling doctor appointments can be overwhelming enough but if you plan on returning back to work, now would be the time to start getting together a game plan.

In the first trimester, no need to talk to your boss just yet but it might be ideal to scope out the work environment and see if you can talk with another coworker who breastfed and ask about her experiences. Explore the state and federal laws regarding breastfeeding at work as well as look into the benefits for why this would be a good option for you and your employer (fewer sick days, employee loyalty, increased work productivity, etc…). Knowledge is power, so while you may not be able to stop the feeling of nausea, you can boost your confidence to use later down the road.

During the second trimester is the best time to plan a chat with your boss. Don’t just tell them that you plan to breastfeed, tell them what they need to know, like how long will a pump session take, where will you do it, and where will you store the milk. These unknowns are often the reason breastfeeding at work fails because people don’t take the time to think through the logistics of making it work. Breastfeeding friendly workplaces provide a quiet, clean space to pump, like a nursing room, never a bathroom. If your employer asks why a bathroom is so bad, politely remind her that breastmilk is a food and the restroom is no place to eat or prep a meal. Pumping can take about 15- 20 minutes depending on the mom and her stress levels and you will need to do it every 2-3 hours depending on your baby’s feeding schedule. If your boss doesn’t like the idea of so many breaks, see about having your own office or maybe relocating your cubicle in a private spot or even see if you can arrange all phone calls or paper work around that time and use a hands-free pumping bra while you continue to work. If the breakroom doesn’t have a spot you can use, breastmilk is good in a cooler with ice for 24 hours, so no need to have your boss purchase anything. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to politely remind your boss that breastfed babies have fewer sick days, which equates to you having fewer sick days. For more information on how to start a conversation click HERE.

So the conversation went smoothly, now let’s fast forward to postpartum.
During the first four weeks after having baby, don’t stress over pumping just yet if you have at least a six week leave. These first four weeks are all about establishing a routine and focusing on you and the baby. Try not to offer any pacifiers or bottles yet as they can create issues. However, now would be a good time to check with your insurance to see if they provide a breast pump, most do under the new healthcare laws. If you are on Medicaid, check with WIC, if you are not already on WIC, go by the local office to see what you’ve been missing. They also provide help with breastfeeding in addition to giving you a breast pump and so much more.

During week five, begin taking the time to pump in between a day feeding or two to get the hang of using the pump and begin your stash for day one. Don’t worry so much about quantity just yet, it’s about working the pump in not the baby so let baby eat all they want first, wait 45 minutes to an hour, then pump. Just do this once a day for these two weeks. Label each bottle at every pumping session and store accordingly. Ideally, you’ll want to freeze it so it can be used for day one at work. More information can be found at HERE.
Once you go back to work you will quickly realize the pump does not empty the breasts as well as baby. This is due to stress from work and the fact that a pump does not release the same hormones as baby. There are a few things that can help.
– Record your babies sounds on your phone a play them while you nurse. This can help a letdown happen quickly.
– Take deep breathes and massage the breasts so your hormone levels can work right.
– If you see that milk stops coming out after just a few minutes of pumping, take 5 minutes to do more massage and try again.

Remember to pump the same time you would feed baby and don’t wait until you become engorged. Click HERE for more help or information.

Stay positive. It can seem overwhelming at first, but by planning ahead and preparing both yourself and your employer, you can prevent most difficulties and quickly overcome unforeseen ones. By working as a team, everyone can be a part of the success. This is how we make breastfeeding work at work.

LP Guest Blogger: Dolly Weikert

5 Breastfeeding Myths #BUSTED

If you are an expecting mother considering breastfeeding your little one, you’ve probably heard just about every story or opinion, both good and bad, about breastfeeding. The truth is, while some of that information might be good, there are a lot of myths about breastfeeding that simply aren’t true. We wanted to use this post to address 5 breastfeeding myths, and give you the facts! All of the information provided in this blog came directly from La Leche League, a wonderful breastfeeding resource we recommend you visit during your research! At the bottom of this post, there is a link that will take you directly to their website.

Myth #1: NEVER, EVER, EVER wake a sleeping baby… to breastfeed.
Fact: While it’s true that naptime and nighttime will become your much needed “me time”, it doesn’t mean your newborn might not need to eat. Newborn babies may not wake up on their own to eat. If necessary, you may need to wake your little one up to ensure they are eating at least 8 times a day. Click HERE for more information on “Rousing A Sleepy Newborn”

Myth #2: A mother must drink milk to make milk.
Fact: Don’t worry all you lactose intolerant mommies-to-be, this isn’t a breastfeeding deal breaker for you. To produce milk, a mother simply needs a healthy diet of things you are probably already eating every day. Foods like vegetables, fruits, grains and proteins are all you need. For more information about a healthy breastfeeding diet, click HERE.

Myth #3: Babies can be allergic to their mother’s milk.
Fact: Hardly. Actually, your milk is the most natural and wholesome thing your baby can have. However, what you eat can get to your little one through your breast milk. If a baby shows signs of sensitivity to their mother’s milk, in most cases it can be remedied by a simple change of the mothers diet. To learn more about allergy elimination diets for breastfeeding, click HERE:

Myth #4: Frequent nursing can cause a child to be obese later in life.
Fact: It’s actually quite the contrary. Breastfed babies who control their own feeding patterns typically get just the right amount of food. Studies have shown that babies who are formula fed are actually at a higher risk of obesity. Click HERE to better understand how a baby’s diet can affect the risk of childhood obesity.

Myth #5: Other family members need to feed the baby so they can bond too.
Fact: While feedings are a great way to bond with your baby, it’s not the only way to create a connection with your little one. Simply holding and cuddling a baby is an effective (and wonderful) way to build a bond. Click HERE to read a great article about the importance of bonding and some great tips on ways to bond beyond breastfeeding.

We hope this blog was able to shed some light on the facts about a few of the breastfeeding myths out there. Please take a moment to learn more about the facts of breastfeeding at La Leche League, just click HERE!

Here’s to happy breastfeeding and the health of your and your little one!

– Team LP

Every Person and Pad Problem is Unique

Every so often, we receive messages from our breastfeeding customers who are experiencing issues with their LilyPadz® nursing pads. Perhaps the pads are no longer sticking, or a skin irritation exists, or maybe breast milk is still leaking. While we have included a FAQ ( and a product care guide on our website, we have found that we cannot just put out a one-size-fits-all help guide. Sometimes there are underlying problems we would never foresee because every situation is different. For example, although LilyPadz® are entirely washable and reusable, sometimes improper cleaning can cause the LilyPadz to lose their tack quicker than they should. As stated each person’s situation is unique, because it is based on their body, their baby, and their interaction with the LilyPadz®.

But we aren’t shying away from any problems by saying there is no catch-all solution. Instead we at LilyPadz® are readily prepared to help each customer with their frustrations on an individual basis. Each person’s problem and body are unique, and we want to hear about them so we can properly assess the situation and resolve it.

If you’re experiencing trouble with your LilyPadz nursing pads, please contact us at, or message us on our Facebook or Twitter. We hope to learn from every experience so we can be an influential source for all breastfeeding mothers.

-Team LP

LilyPadz is Partnering with The Baby Box Company

LilyPadz is proud to announce that, starting in April, we will be partnering with The Baby Box Company. Since the 1930s, the Finnish government has given expecting mothers a box of baby supplies that can double as a crib. Michelle Vick and Jennifer Clary loved this idea so much that they decided to bring it to the whole world, in the form of The Baby Box Co. Instead of figuring out which baby supplies to get through trial and error, mothers can order The Baby Box and get plenty of supplies, discounts and other offers as they prepare for their new addition.

For every Baby Box that is purchased, a portion of the proceeds goes towards helping a new mother who is struggling to make ends meet. Baby Box’s mission is to provide shoppers with the best baby products available while simultaneously making a positive difference for moms living in poverty, and LilyPadz is proud to be a partner. LilyPadz will be offering a special website promotional code to TBBC customers, good for 20% OFF their purchase on In addition, all orders over $20 will also qualify for FREE SHIPPING!

The Baby Box Company represents a wonderful opportunity for an expecting mother to prepare for the birth of their little one, while helping another mother in need. If you know an expecting mother, consider helping her get prepared with a Baby Box, and look for the special offer from LilyPadz, the ONLY silicone reusable nursing pad. Don’t absorb the leak…Prevent it!
Learn more about The Baby Box Co. at
– Team LP

Save Now with the #LilyPadzFebruarySpecial

This February, LilyPadz® is getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit with two gifts for you! Save 20% on all LilyPrints® with promotional code PRINTSFEB when ordering through our online store. LilyPrints® are available with heart prints or in romantic black lace.

The rest of the store is on sale too! Save 10% on all other LilyPadz® products with code PADZFEB. This includes LilyPadz®, LilyWash®, starter kits and more.

Know a soon-to-be breastfeeding mother? Help her ditch the disposables! LilyPadz® Silicone Nursing Pads are washable and reusable, making them great gifts.

– Team LP

The Joy of Braless Sleep

Do you wear a bra while sleeping? Many women sleep with a bra on because they’ve heard it will help keep the breasts perky and delay sagging. That, unfortunately, is a myth – breasts simply change with time and gravity. It is true that women with larger breasts may just feel more comfortable wearing a bra during sleep for support.

It’s also a myth that sleeping with a bra can help to cause breast cancer. In a study of postmenopausal women, researchers found no association between bra wearing and breast cancer risk.

Please note that if you do choose to wear a bra while sleeping, make sure it’s a soft one without underwires. Sleeping in a tight bra can damage delicate nerves, leading to possible pain and inflammation.

Women who are breastfeeding often wear a bra, because milk leakage can be uncomfortable and annoying. There’s nothing worse than waking up all wet from a deep sleep – especially when you’re tired from caring for your child! While there is no harm to wearing a bra while sleeping, most women find it uncomfortable and restrictive. It would be such a relief to feel free and be able to relax during this time of rest.

There is a solution: LilyPadz® prevent breast milk leakage at the source. They will stay attached to your breasts throughout the night without the discomfort of a bra, so you can sleep in joy and comfort without worrying about ending up all wet. LilyPadz® silicone lining adheres to the skin, but not to colostrum or healing fluids present during injury, promoting healthy breast tissue – even when your nipples may be sore or cracked from breastfeeding. And even better, LilyPadz® are entirely washable and reusable nursing pads.

– Team LP

Get More Milk with Hands-on Pumping

Using a breast pump is still the easiest way for working women to breastfeed their children. Mothers can pump and store their milk while at work, allowing a caretaker to bottle-feed it to the child when the mother is away. Breast milk can be stored at room temperature for up to six hours and can be refrigerated for up to eight days. And frozen milk can last for six months!

However, breast pumps tend to remove only half of the milk in the breast. Over time, this milk left in the breast after pumping can slow down natural milk production. Incomplete emptying can also cause engorgement or soreness.

The good news is that there is a solution. Using the scientifically-tested and proven “hands-on pumping” method, you can not only better express the milk from your breast – but also condition your body to maximize production to get more milk. Read on to see how to do it.
Steps for hands-on pumping

1. Massage both breasts before starting to pump.
2. Start pumping with both breasts at the same time. This is easiest to do with a bustier, or a hands-free pumping bra.
3. While double pumping, use your free hands to compress and massage your breasts. Feel for firm areas and massage them out. Compress your breasts against your rib cage and squeeze your entire areola. Do not pull on your breast away from your body like you would an udder. You’re not a cow; don’t milk yourself like one!
4. After you see that the double pumping is no longer expressing milk, give your breasts a short break. Continue to massage your breast to help with any tenderness.
5. Continue pumping again, but this time only single pump one breast at a time. Use your free hand (or both hands) to help massage and express your milk. Some women don’t even use a pump for this step, but instead express the milk entirely with their hands into a container.
6. Keep alternating breasts until they both feel empty. Check for firm areas and massage them out, as there might be more milk left.

If the relief of well-emptied breasts wasn’t enough, another study concluded that starting hands-on pumping early and continuing to do so throughout breastfeeding increases your milk production. It also creates fat-rich, calorie-dense milk – giving your child better quality milk.

Don’t forget breastfeeding means leaks, so don’t just absorb the leak – prevent it with LilyPadz. Visit today to learn more and shop for all of your LilyPadz needs.

– Team LP

HELP! How Long Should I Breastfeed?

So you made the monumental decision to breastfeed your child. First, CONGRATULATIONS! If this is your first time breastfeeding, you are embarking on one of life’s most amazing and rewarding experiences as a mother.   Know however, that it’s not all rainbows and butterfly kisses.

Need proof? According to La Leche League data, in 2003 70.1% of US mothers initiated breastfeeding after the birth of their child. That number dropped to 33.2% between the 4-6 month age ranges. Like we said, it’s not easy. Certainly there are situations where mothers simply cannot breastfeed for a variety of reasons, but it’s also difficult and important to recognize that upfront.

Breastfeeding your child with come with many challenges, times of discomfort and a plethora of questions you’d never thought you’d ask.   Through it all, hang in there and know that your child is enjoying a long list of benefits that make it all worthwhile (see previous blog post – “5 Reasons to Consider Breastfeeding”).

In honor of August being National Breastfeeding Awareness month, we thought we would dedicate this blog post to answering one of those many questions you will undoubtedly ask yourself.

“So…How long should I breastfeed?”

A simple question, that comes with a complex answer.   The easy answer is if you and your baby are enjoying it, breastfeed as long as you’d like.   However, in most cases it’s not that basic.

Consider this. Once you’ve decided to breastfeed, like most things in life it’s important to set goals. The common rule of thumb is at a minimum; you want to make it through the 6-month mark. Experts say that the first 6 months is the most critical stage in your child’s development, so feeding your child nothing but breast milk during that time is a great starting point.   Shortly after 6 months, your child may be ready to start eating solid foods, know that you can certainly continue to breastfeed through that time.   A common goal mothers set is to breastfeed through the first year of their child’s life.   Whether you make it to a year or not isn’t what’s important, because as we mentioned above, there are instances where it’s just not possible, but having a goal to work towards is a great first step.

As with EVERY thing during your pregnancy and early parenthood, it is CRITIAL to consult with a health professional about your individual situation. They can even help you set your goal and share tips and insight for making your breastfeeding experience a wonderful one.

Lastly, remember you are going to experience some crazy things during breastfeeding. Things you never thought you’d experience, like… leaking nipples for example.   You’re going to need nursing pads, so we’d love for you to consider our non-absorbent LilyPadz. Visit our About Us ( page to learn why LilyPadz are THE ultimate nursing pad. You’ll be fighting all sorts of battles during this time, leaking nipples doesn’t have to be one. Don’t fight the leak… Prevent it.

Happy Breastfeeding!

– Team LP