Breastfeeding for Working Moms



Returning to work after your maternity leave, but still want to breastfeed your child? Here are some tips to help ease the transition.

Before Returning to Work

  • Speak to your employer about your plans to continue breastfeeding, and inform them that you intend to express milk at your workplace.
  • Find out what kind of breast pump is best for you by consulting a lactation consultant or healthcare provider.
  • Practise pumping breast milk during the morning or when your breasts feel fuller. Remember that pumping takes practice. Don’t be frustrated if you only get a little the first few times. Babies are usually much better at removing milk.
  • Store any milk you collect in small quantities (1 to 2 ounces). Babies may not take a large amount at one feeding, and your milk is too valuable to waste.
  • Arrange to return to work mid week. The first days back are always overwhelming, so starting with a short week is a great idea.
  • Prepare some extra blouses or cardigans that you can leave at your workplace, in case of leaks.

Preparing Your Baby

  • About two weeks before going back to work, start teaching your baby to drink from a bottle when he or she is not hungry or upset.
  • Ask someone else, like a caregiver or the baby’s dad, to offer the bottle.
  • Don’t force your baby to accept the bottle. If baby refuses, take a break and try again later.
  • Find a breastfeeding-friendly childcare provider. Let your family members/caregivers know how important it is that they support you in your decision to breastfeed.

Pumping Schedule

  • Express your milk every 2 to 3 hours.
  • If you’re using a double electric pump that expresses from both breasts at the same time, it may take around 20 to 30 minutes each time.
  • Be patient – you will get more efficient with practice.
  • Use your regular breaks/lunchtime to express milk.

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