During my maternity leave, my breastfeeding routine was well-established. Now that I am back in the office and still breastfeeding, I must pump during the workday. It is important to me that I exclusively breastfeed until 6 months when I introduce solid foods. Ultimately, I would like to breastfeed for at least one year and maybe even for a few months into the second year to keep the nutrients flowing to my precious boy for a little longer. If you are pregnant or currently nursing, I want to share with you a few ideas to make the transition back to work a little easier.
You might want to schedule a meeting with your manager about how pumping will fit into your workday and where you
will pump. Let your manager know that taking tiem out to pump will not affect your 110% quality of work. 🙂 If you have your own business outside the home, be sure to schedule in your pumping sessions. It is too easy to get busy wearing all of your hats and then forget to pump. Not pumping regularly could decrease your milk supply.
When you are ready to store your breast milk in the office refrigerator, be sure to have a small lunch bag cooler for your milk. This will separate it from other items and be discreet in the refrigerator when your co-workers are reaching in for their lunch. I am a private person so this would make me more comfortable.
If you have job tasks that include driving around during the day, which I do, be sure to schedule your out of the office meetings around your pumping sessions. The same goes for meetings with coworkers or clients. Pumping at work will take some thought, planning and persistence. It will all be worth it. For more information about breastffeeding and pumping at work go to www.kellymom.com and www.lli.org. Both of these websites have been great resources for me. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below or send me an email.