I don't even feel like I can properly complain about the difficultly of pumping and working since I only pump once a day away from my house, but it is a bitch!
The best thing I have: two pumps. And I didn't buy either of them. I borrowed one PISA from my sister and one from a close friend. I know they are not closed systems, but I don't care.
Still, it seems that each day I forget something. Usually it's just the ice pack and/or insulated bag to store the milk. This is not a huge deal since I pump at the end of the day, then go home. Except that if I forget lids (which I do 50% of the time) there is a huge chance of spillage which is just a pain in the butt.
So even though I don't carry the whole pump with me everyday, I still forget things every day.
But the worst part is sitting there pumping. I pump after school so I don't have anything specific I need to be doing and I don't need anyone to cover my class (explain to me how I could have someone cover a half of the same class every single day...would not work!). But there are still issues.
1) I can't help any students after school. Students forget to come in at lunch. I don't check my email at home anymore and so not helping them after school really sucks.
2) The lights in my classroom are on a censor. The censor shuts the lights off after 15 minutes of no movement. I pump for 30. So the lights go off halfway through each and every time. I open one of the slatted vent windows to let in a little light so I can still see. To turn on the light again, I'd have to walk to the opposite end of the room. I guess I could just pump in that corner (honestly didn't occur to me until now) but I couldn't leave my stuff over there since my desk is on the other side.
And then you have the possibility of everyone's worst nightmare: someone walking in on you pumping. I keep my door locked all day (and just prop it open during class) so that I never forget to lock it. So the only people that could walk in on my are custodians and administrators. No administrator would be all the way over by my bungalow after school, but the custodians are around. Usually they don't clean until 4 or 5, but potentially, they could come in so I'm always on guard.
BUT...last week I let a student open my door because we had a big fair until the end of school and I had to return money and couldn't let students in my room to get their stuff. Then I came back and pumped. AND A SENIOR MALE WALKED IN ON ME PUMPING. Because the door was not locked because I was not the person who opened it which I forgot about. And no I didn't have my cover on. I think he was more traumatized than I was but OMG how horrible! I'm still cringing.
But then my door was still unlocked and you can only lock it from the outside so I hurriedly made a note that said do not come in and stuck my hand awkwardly out the door and attached it but I couldn't lock the door because I wasn't done yet so I finished pumping knowing that my door was unlocked. FML.
Anyway. Pumping at work is extremely difficult and I dream about quitting all the time. I imagine pumping moms making it to a year are a rarity. And because no one other than pumping moms or maybe all moms, understand the situation, our maternity laws still suck. If I still needed to pump a total of 8 times a day I would completely lose my mind.
How long did you keep pumping WOHMs?