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!