Nursing moms can learn how to balance work and breastfeeding.
When a new mom has to return to work, breastfeeding can be a challenge. Find out how to continue breastfeeding your baby after you’ve returned to the workplace.
Use a good breast pump
Most women find that a hospital grade breast pump works best for long term pumping. This is more gentle on your breasts, more effective and quick at expressing milk. WomensHealth.gov recommends labeling your stored breast milk with the day you pumped as well as your child’s name if your child is in daycare. There are many breast pumps on the market. Read reviews and know that if you plan on pumping often, you’ll need to rent a good pump from the hospital or invest in one.
Communicate with your employer
Work with your employer to find a safe, clean and private area to pump breast milk. You will also need a small cooler or access to a refrigerator to store your milk. If you don’t have access to a sink, you can purchase cleansing wipes to keep your breast pump clean during the workday between pumping sessions. Share the Business Case for Breastfeeding with your employer to help your workplace understand your needs as a nursing mom.
Be gentle with yourself
If you find that it’s too stressful to continue nursing while working, it's ok. You may be able to supplement with formula during the day and continue nursing before and after work. Your breasts will adapt to this schedule. Alternately, if you choose to switch to formula full time, know that you’re doing the best for your baby by doing what’s best for you.
Transition your baby to the bottle
Give your baby time to get used to taking the bottle as well as the breast, or instead of the breast. You may find it easier to let your partner or another adult feed the baby to avoid confusion or resistance to taking a bottle.
Get a healthy start breastfeeding before you go back to work. Our Lactation Center can provide private consultations that will help with any of your breastfeeding needs. For more information on the Lactation Center, please call (305) 446-2229.