Returning to the work force can be daunting for many breastfeeding mothers. Finding the time to pump at work, providing an adequate supply of expressed milk for your baby, and keeping your supply up while adding more pumping to your routine adds an extra layer of stress to your life.
Your day care provider may be supportive of breastfeeding, but here are some ways that they can help you to maintain your breastfeeding relationship:
- Have they every breastfed, or are they supportive of your breastfeeding? It helps to tease this information out a little bit as, if they are not supportive, they may not be comfortable handling the milk, etc., and may actually sabotage your breastfeeding efforts.
- Are they correctly informed on how to store/warm up breast milk?
- Are they supportive of your nursing:
- Prior to leaving for work?
- At break or lunch?
- Are they willing to hold off a feeding for a short time as you are heading home at the end of your work day?
- If your baby is taking more from the bottle than you are pumping, and more than they normally would take at a feeding, are they willing to “pace” your baby’s feeding? (See August APL Lactation Services blog for more info.).
Investigating these points before the “big day” will help to ease your transition back to the work force.
We encourage you to attend a Working Mom’s Class as provided by APL Lactation Services.
Please call the lactation consultants at APL Lactation Services for further information at 847-398-0434.