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Return-to-Work Nursing

Breastfeeding and the Working Mom

by Amy Beekley  |  11797 views  |  3 comments  |        Rate this now! 

  • Create a calm environment where you can pump. Whether you are pumping in a locked office, a conference room, or a shower room (as I did), lower the lights, take a few deep breaths, and envision your baby.
  • Throughout the day, make sure you drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet. If your milk supply decreases, consider taking an herbal supplement for breastfeeding mothers such as fenugreek.
  • Cut yourself some slack. If it becomes necessary to supplement your baby's diet with formula, know that breastfeeding your infant at all is beneficial to you and your baby.
  • Your decision to continue breastfeeding once returning to work is an admirable commitment to your child and your health. Working and breastfeeding do not need to be incongruent roles for new moms. You can continue to care for your baby in the best way you know how despite the busy schedule of a working mom.

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Amy is the founder of Flexible Workforce advocating greater flexibility in the workplace. Visit http://flexibleworkforce.blogspot.com

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3 comments so far...

  • Brilliant advice. Very practical and well put. Thanks!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MortonPixie on 27th May 2008

  • Great tips! I did it as a medical student, now I'm hoping I can do it in the future as a resident...yikes!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by relaxnsmile on 8th March 2008

  • Oh, I wish I read this before I went back to work and had to pump. I was kind of a mess. In addition to which I had a glass office with a door that did not lock:) I ended up buying one of those Japanese Screens and relying on one of the assistants who sat outside to essentially guard my office while I pumped. So while no-one saw me, everyone in the office knew when I was "being a cow", as one of my co-workers affectionately put it...

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 7th September 2007