You can keep breastfeeding when go back to work -- and no, it doesn't involve taking your little to work...
You can keep breastfeeding when go back to work -- and no, it doesn't involve taking your little to work with you. We actually frown on child labor around here. breastfeeding-iconIt's hard to get into the swing of breastfeeding. But once you do catch on; POW! It's like you've been doing it your whole life. You and your baby have the perfect schedule worked out, everything is great; and then, work. Many of us want or need to return to work after our baby arrives. Continuing to breastfeed can be challenging at first during this transition but it's completely manageable. Use these tips to get back to work and still keep you and your baby on a healthy breastfeeding plan. Bottle time: At least two to three weeks before you return to work, introduce your baby to the bottle. Try a brand of bottle that closely mimics the shape of a breast. Sometimes it helps to have another person offer your baby the bottle instead of you -- you and your breasts are pretty tempting to your baby. Practice pumping: Practicing serves two purposes. First you'll build up a backup of breastmilk for your baby's care provider. Second pumping looks easy but can be tough. Personally, I never became a pro pumper. I could pump enough to get Cedar through a day if I needed to be somewhere else but it took me forever. However, my best friend can easily and quickly pump many ounces. Until you know how you're going to flow, it's best to practice. Help please: Some mamas say it can help to look at a picture of your baby while you pump and to make sure that you pump in a nice quiet relaxing area. If you don't know if your workplace has a designated pumping area find out. Likely your workplace won't. Talk to your boss about designating an area to pump where you won't be disturbed. My boss won't like it: This is not a negotiable issue. One, you have the right to pump at work. Two, if your boss takes issue, tell him or her, that breastfed babies get sick less often which means that pumping equals fewer missed workdays. If your boss still takes issue it's time to start looking at new and better opportunities. You deserve to work somewhere that honors mamas and babies. Plan your pumping time: I mentioned that the rate of time it takes to pump can vary but typically it should take about one half hour to set up your pump, pump, and pack up your milk. Set aside one pumping session for every three hours you're gone from your baby. Again, this can vary. If you have an extra long meeting you can't get out of, some nice cotton breast pads will help if you're nervous about leaking. These tips can get you started. For more information take a look at this SheKnows article. Later today I'll look at the best breast pump to purchase and how to store all that milk you'll be lugging around.

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