3 Tips to Help Keep You Breastfeeding After Returning to Work
Tips for Breastfeeding After Returning to Work
- First of all, get a quality double electric pump. One of the first things you should do before you even start breastfeeding (and, of course, head back to work) is acquire a quality electric breast pump. In fact, we highly suggest that you consider procuring a quiet double electric pump from Ardo, a brand that is known for producing both comfortable and quiet pumps. While you can purchase their breast pumps individually, you can also consider the Ardo Calypso To Go collection, which comes with a bag and cooling elements for storing the milk.
- Have an idea of how and where you will be pumping before you go out on maternity leave. Before you begin your maternity leave, you should ask a co-worker, or reach out to your Human Resources department, to find out how and where you can pump. What’s more, if someone at work tells you that you can’t, you should fight for the right to do so, as legally you are allowed to take a break and pump (if your company has over 50 employees.) Although, we would like to think that most of the people you work with are supportive of the fact that you have a baby at home who depends on your breast milk!
- Block out time in your work calendar to pump. If you need to pump at work, it’s important that your co-workers know that you will be unavailable at certain times throughout the day. So, to let everyone know you will be unavailable because you are pumping, you should block out a couple of sets of 15-30 minute appointments in your calendar. However, if you do this, it’s vital that you keep your appointments to pump!