Tips for Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

The idea of returning to work and continuing to breastfeed might be an intimidating thought. However, there are some things to consider that can help the transition go smoothly:

 

  • Attend a breastfeeding class or schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant

  • Join a breastfeeding support group

  • Discuss with your boss about your plans/desires to breastfeed

  • Practice using a breast pump before heading back to work

  • Slowly allow your baby to adjust to using a bottle before returning to work

 

There are also several things to consider when you return to your work environment:

 

  • Pump during the times you would breastfeed your baby at home. During the first few months of growth, baby needs to breastfeed 8-12 times in 24 hours. This number may decrease as the baby gets older. You may need to pump 2-3 times at work to supply enough milk for your baby while you are gone.

  • Once you are used to a breast pump, it can take 10-15 minutes to successfully complete a pumping session.

  • Utilize short breaks and lunch breaks to pump

  • Store breastmilk in a refrigerator or a cooler with ice packs

 

The members of the Western North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition are advocating for local companies/organizations to provide a place and the necessary time for mothers to pump at work!

 

Reference: https://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-home-work-and-public/breastfeeding-and-going-back-work

 

 

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