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Back to Work and Breastfeeding

Go Back to Work and Keep Breastfeeding

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Going back to work after maternity leave? You don’t have to stop breastfeeding baby if you don’t want to. There are ways to keep your milk flowing for your precious bundle of joy. Keep reading to learn what you can do to keep nursing your baby when you go back to work.

So you want to keep nursing your bundle of joy when you go back to work. I will give you some helpful advice and tips on how to make the transition easier for both you and baby. I have helped other women make the transition as well as being able to do this for all three of my children.

Get Prepared

Determine when you will heading back to work. Having a time frame in place can help you with managing some critical preparation items.

You will need to ensure that your baby can and will drink from a bottle. You may have to experiment with different bottles and nipples depending on the preferences of your baby. I wish there was some kind of variety pack from different brands to try out! In my experience, the first two times, my children liked the Advent brands.

You will need to ensure that your baby can and will drink from a bottle. You may have to experiment with different bottles and nipples depending on the preferences of your baby. I wish there was some kind of variety pack from different brands to try out! In my experience, the first two times, my children liked the Advent brands.   The third time around I used Kinde.  I discovered the Kinde Starter Kit on Amazon 2 years ago on Amazon Prime Day. I loved that you could rewash and reuse these containers and that there are actual caps on them!  What a concept!  You can also recycle them.  Score!

You will want some privacy.  I really like THIS breastfeeding coverup.  You can actually see your baby without having to adjust the cover.  it has a bendable plastic “C” that is machine washable.  You will be able to nurse your baby anywhere with this coverup.  Where was this 20 years ago? 

Talk with Your Employer About Breastfeeding

Let your employer know when you will be returning to work. It’s important for you to have a timeline. This will prepare you or certain tasks that need to be done. Make the transition easier to get back to work and breastfeed. You will need to know where you can nurse.  Determine what the expectation for time off will be. Some people will breast feed on their breaks. Some people will take vacation time to express milk. Every situation is different.  Ensure your a smooth transition. For example, the first time I went back to work and it was still nursing I was able to use the break room. Although people came in and out during my pumping sessions it wasn’t a bother for me or for my coworkers. I always had a cover-up for privacy and it was no big deal. The second time I was given a conference room for use during my pumping sessions. I just hung my sign outside of the door and people left me alone for a bit. This last time I went back to work I had my own office.  This was very convenient. I had specific times that we’re built into my schedule.  I was able to continue pumping at work. Make pumping at work a priority. If you start missing your regularly scheduled pumping times your milk supply will decrease.

My insurance provider shipped my breast pump to my home this last time. It is mandatory that you have a reliable pump.  I was provided with the Medela pump in style.  I am a fan of this pump.   I kept one at work and one at home.  Ave you wanted to have hands free pumping?  Its possible.  Special Nursing Bras are made for this purpose by Medela.

Hands-free Pumping Collection cups at Freeme from  Amazon. This is especially useful for people who can multitask when working on another project or during reading. Something I really love about these pumping cups was that I could drive somewhere and pump at the same time. Check out the reviews. Another must have for me was the kind collection pops I mentioned it earlier in this post. They have actual caps that screw on and unscrew. You can wash them in the dishwasher which is nice. Another thing I love about the kind Collection system that you can put blended food in to please baggies. I enjoyed making my own baby food.   Check out my blog posting on making baby food for your tot.  Out I could not be without my Britta PItcher. Nursing moms get extremely thirsty. Not to mention you do actually require more water than if you weren’t nursing. I suggest you drinking lots of water while you are nursing your baby. When you go back to work you don’t realize how much your water intake may go down.

Relaxation for Increased Milk Production

Milk production is improved. When you are tense production isn’t at its peak and your baby may become Rush traded. When you go back to work you are pumping, have your baby picture nearby. Remember that you are doing this for your precious little angel. I would always imagine my action baby fat coming out for nutrition for my baby. LOL as we all know,  breast-feeding can help with weight loss.  When you are relaxed the let down reflex happens faster. You may have find two or three or more letdowns during a cycle. You will know when you all of a sudden feel that more milk is being produced. You’re goal is to bring as much milk home as possible for Your baby. Take some deep breaths look at your baby picture, and imagine making lots of milk.

It is a transition for mom and baby

When you are home. I found that over the weekends or when you are with your baby, your milk supply will increase again.  Be sure that you are taking advantage of your together time to build your supply back up on your off days. Use this time to have a steady supply of milk for your baby. Try not to skip feedings unless absolutely necessary.  You miss your baby while you’re at work and that is normal.  Knowing that are doing all you can to keep nursing for your baby is a reward in itself. Your baby may become fussy and refuse nursing. Don’t let it discourage you. It can be just a phase. Try again and again. Usually the nursing strikes don’t last very long.  Then, one day, you will know when it’s time to stop.

 You Will Stop Breast Feeding One Day

Cherish this bonding time you have with your babies. It is a time like no other. Before you know it these days will be a thing of the past. You will miss it and your baby will forget that it ever happened. Sometimes babies don’t want to stop nursing. Times like that it can be tough.  Remember, this too shall pass.  Other times babies will be ready to stop on their own without any prompting.  One thing is for sure, no matter how long you nurse or nursed your baby, it was and is all worth it.

When did your babies stop nursing?  Comment below.

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