4 Tips For Breastfeeding When You Return to Work

If you are a new mom, returning to work, you might face challenges when it comes to breastfeeding your child. Dealing with breastfeeding at work can cause problems with co-workers and even bosses. We spoke to Kathy Thomas, BA, BSN, RNC-OB, IBCLC, and Lactation Coordinator for Indiana University Health North Hospital for advice for new moms. Here are four tips to make the transition back to work easier when you are breastfeeding.

  1. Build up a small stock of breast milk first. If you are leaving your child in daycare, with a family member, or with a stay-at-home guardian, remember to build up and store a stock of breast milk first. This way, the person watching them while you work will have access to an ample supply of food for your baby. Remember, you will be replenishing your stock with the milk you pump while you are gone.
  2. Know your rights. Many states have laws to help moms who are breastfeeding. Familiarize yourself with labor laws in your area as they pertain to breastfeeding. For instance, offices with over 25 employees are often required to provide employees with time and private space to pump breast milk. Know your rights so you can protect yourself from possible workplace issues.
  3. Find support. Making the transition back to work can present many challenges. They are easier to face if you have a team behind you. In addition to your family and friends, join groups of new moms to share resources and tips. Check out websites like kellymom.com for insights from other moms who are also breastfeeding.
  4. Have a backup plan. If for whatever reason, you think you will not be able to provide milk for your baby and won’t have stock saved for a period of time, have a backup plan. Know where you can purchase donor milk for your child, or if that’s not an option, use formula.

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