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Breastfeeding and returning to work

Set up the best arrangements for your needs

by Marjorie Greenfield, M.D.  |  10343 views  |  1 comment  |        Rate this now! 

Finding support

While some forward-thinking companies are becoming more accommodating, and some state laws guarantee time for women to pump on the job, many mothers still have difficulty continuing to breastfeed once they return to work. Breastfeeding advocates point out that nursing decreases maternal absenteeism on the job, because breastfed babies are less likely to get sick. To try to persuade your employer to become more supportive of breastfeeding, you can ask your OB, midwife, or pediatrician to write a letter specifying the benefits of breastfeeding, and what you need to make it happen. (Please leave a comment if you would like me to email you a pdf of the sample letter from my book, The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book, with blanks for your doctor or midwife to fill in.)

About the Author

Marjorie Greenfield, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and the author of The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book. She has practiced and taught obstetrics and gynecology since 1987, and is currently associate professor on the full-time faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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  • I pumped at work and the law firm I worked for was very supportive. All nursing mothers received a floor to ceiling curtain for the glass partition in the door, plus locks on their office doors. It was a common occurrence to find jars of baby milk in the employee kitchens. It was quite hard to find that time to pump since we had billable quotas and it was a 24/7 stress environment. I even traveled for work without my daughter for a week. I pumped and sent the breastmilk home via Fed Ex every night. I asked the firm to cover the supplies and Fed Ex expenses. The most interesting meeting of my entire career! They tried to balk at first (being all men in charge), but I simply told them it was @ $150 in expenses and I would be happy to give them all the details about breastfeeding in order to validate the expenses. They decided to skip the descriptions and cover the amount.

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