Planning to rejoin work after delivery? Worried about how you are going to care for and nourish your baby? Wondering if it would be possible to breastfeed after joining work? Though it would be a trickier task, congratulations on your wonderful decision to continue breastfeeding. To help you continue breastfeeding and make it easy for you after joining work, we have listed a few tips in this read, hope it would be useful.
Breastfeeding Tips For Working Mothers
1. Breastfeeding Status
Assessing your breastfeeding status is primary if you have plans to join work after delivery as it will be helpful you plan how many times you would have to pump to supply milk for your little one while you are at work. Especially, when your infant is only a few weeks old, you would have to pump milk at least two times at work for proper milk supply.
Selecting a reliable care provider is not an easy task. You will be less stressed when you are comfortable with the child care provider. Although the ideal provider would be any of your family member like your mom or dad, if this is not a feasible option then you need to look for someone who offers child care for one/two children in her home or hire a nanny who could come to your home. Discuss with the daycare provider about your plans to breastfeed your baby. Find out things like how they store your milk and talk to other parents whose kids are already enrolled in that daycare.
3. Breast Pump
Getting a high-quality pump and following a routine will help you stay relaxed and express milk easily. Again, using the pump correctly will help save time and pump maximum milk at ease. A double breast pump will be useful to pump effectively when at work.
4. Milk Storage
Discuss with the doctor about storage of milk and learn the guidelines properly. Check for the availability of refrigerator for storing the pumped milk. Though milk could be stored at room temperature for six hours, it is always better to use a refrigerator to avoid any risk. It is advisable to avoid bottle to store your milk. If your baby is more than 6-months then there are other options like sippy-cup or it can be added to foods like mashed vegetables, soups or cereal. The other option is to store them as frozen popsicles.
5. Avoid Overfeeding
One of the reasons that the baby cannot nursed by the mother is because of overfeeding by the care provider. So, it is important to provide small amount of milk, which will not only prevent overfeeding, but also avoid wastage. For Example, if the baby is left for 8-hours with the caregiver, then 8 – 13 ounces of milk would be ideal.
Clothes that can be fastened up in the frontside will be convenient for pumping milk when at work. In addition, using breast pads will help conceal milk leakage. Patterned clothes are a trick to hide wet area as well. Carrying a cardigan will be helpful when you are worried about milk leakage. Use clothing specially designed for breastfeeding mothers to feel more confident and comfortable.
7. Breastfeed Exclusively When At Home
Whenever you are at home, provide extra nursing time for your baby. On weekends, after work, night time, days off, etc, avoid bottles or formula and breastfeed exclusively to maintain good milk supply and reduce separation anxiety.