Story by: Norton Healthcare on August 9, 2019
With the right preparation and support, you don’t have to give up your breastfeeding goals when you go back to work.
Most working mothers go back to work six to eight weeks after having a baby, so most working breastfeeding mothers will have to pump at work. Pumping and working can be challenging, but planning ahead will help you be successful.
Don’t wait until you are ready to head back to work to start thinking about your breastfeeding plan. Consider these tips before your baby arrives:
Eliminate the anxiety of returning to work by following these simple tips from moms who have made a successful transition back into the workforce:
Creating a pumping routine is the key to a successful transition to work. Most moms will need to use their morning and afternoon break times and part of their lunch break to pump. If you don’t have usual break times, talk to your supervisor about scheduling times for this process.
“Currently any business with 50 or more employees must provide a private place to pump — not a bathroom — as well as sufficient break time to pump,” said Elizabeth M. Doyle, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Shepherdsville and Norton Healthcare’s system medical director for lactation.
With a double-sided electric pump, each pumping session will take about 15 to 20 minutes; however, some women might pump for a longer or shorter time. You also will need time to get to and from the lactation space and to wash your hands and equipment. A hands-free pumping bra allows you the flexibility to eat or drink, answer emails or just play a game to pass the time.
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