17 Tips for Working Moms with Breastfeeding

HealthWomen released one survey report about Tips for Working Moms with Breastfeeding. There are three reasons why working moms should not stop breastfeeding.

They are:

  1. Good for baby health
  2. Better emotional for baby and mom
  3. Most Right and Natual Method to breastfeed an infant

So there are a lot of benefits to breastfeeding your baby. Every mom will have the challenges if you are back in the office.

There are a lot of questions. Where do you even pump in an office? Is it cool to store pumped breast milk in the kitchen fridge?

Following are some tips to make the transition easier. 

Our picks of Top 17 Breastfeeding Tips for Working Moms

1.Plan in advance

Before back to work, discuss with your boss about their corporate policies and your needs to continue breastfeeding.

2.Know what to ask for

Ask for a private, clean room where you can pump.

3.Nurse to Boost Your Supply

It’s generally not to have enough breast milk while pumping as you do while nursing. To help increase your breast milk supply, We recommend going on ‘nursing vacations’ (exclusively breastfeeding and not doing any pumping). Plus, most women enjoy the break from the pump time.

4.Find an Experienced Co-Worker

There is one surprising benefit of returning to work, that you will find the support. Ask around your office. A working mom friend can help you navigate the transition and provide invaluable breastfeeding tips. Coordinate with the other pumping moms in the office by building up an email group where you can keep each other posted when the room is free or trade spots if needed.

5.Discuss scheduling

Talk about how often pumping breaks (20 mins every 3-4 h) will fit into your chart.

6.Educate your employer

Explain the benefits of breastfeeding a baby(fewer missed workdays, shorter absences, etc.).

7.Start right away

Breastfeed your baby as fast as you get home.

8.Get Your Baby Used to a Bottle

Start your baby on a bottle, but not too soon.

9.Create a Schedule

Recommends that new moms pump every 2.5 to 3 hours, or 3 times in a typical 8-hour workday (about 1.5 ounces of breast milk for every hour at work). As your baby grows older, you’ll need to pump less often.

10.Stick to Your Schedule

Before you start each workday, arrange a time to pump that fits your daily agenda. Check out your to-do list and your meetings for the day. If you have a meeting in the morning, block out time in the afternoon. Add it to your work calendar so there is no meeting when you arrange to pump.

11.Be Flexible About Where You Pump

Use unoccupied, private office areas, or book a small conference room for 1.5 hours, close the blinds, and set up shop. Be transparent with your co-workers by putting a sign on the door — just in case your colleagues in.

12.Buy or rent a breast pump

It will be flexibility for you to control your breast milk supply, and it seams that you feed your baby even when you are in office.

13.Store your milk safely

You can pump into the same bottles for whole day as long as the milk is kept chilled.

14.Connect with other moms

Get other working mos who can give you support.

15.Stock Supplies with Extras on Hand

Make sure you prepare and pack a lot of clean bottles, hand sanitizer, chargers, and batteries for your pump in case there is no plug available. Also, take everything you need to label and date the containers of breast milk. Keep the containers together in a large Tupperware or lunch bag, and store them in the refrigerator in a safe place. If there is no fridge designated for breast milk in your office, We recommend using ice packs as a cooler. Make sure you take enough ice packs to last the full day, including commuting time.

16.Dress to Pump

The right working dress can help you with pumping success. The trick is to look for dresses and tops that will allow you pumping access without taking the cloth off or pulling it up around your neck. You might need to hold off wearing some outfits, but for the most part, you can not do just about anything. We recommend crossover or overlapping V-neck shirts, button-downs, cowl-necks, or camisoles with another shirt on top.

17.Relax

Above all else, relax. It can be stressful after maternity leave for the first few months back at the office. No need to schedule a conference call or check all emails during the pumping break. It’s important to be kind to yourself throughout this process. No matter how much breastfeeding helps you, you are a good mother who works hard.

Conclusion

You may find it important to you. It bridges the gap between work and motherhood in a unique way that you cannot care for your baby.

Watch this video “Breastfeeding tips for working moms + Boosting milk supply secret weapon!”(10 mins 3 seconds)

Key Reference

  •  ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
  •  CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), as well as the What to Expect books by Heidi Murkoff.

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