Returning to work after having a baby can be filled with so much anxiety. For breastfeeding moms, that anxiety could affect your milk supply. To help keep your stress levels down, here are a few tips that make pumping in the workplace easy.
1. Talk to your supervisor before you return to work
Having this conversation can seem a little uncomfortable, but it's worth it! During this chat, talk about the space where you intend to pump (NOT the restroom!), places to store your milk and your pumping schedule.
Click HERE to read about your rights as an employee who is a nursing mother
2. Block out time in your calendar to pump
You don't have to explicitly write "Breast Pumping" on your calendar, but blocking out the time can insure that colleagues don't schedule meetings during that time. Additionally, calendar reminders can keep you on schedule so you don't forget to pump.
3. Purchase a Pump to keep at work (Optional)
Breast pumps are pretty expensive, but buying an additional one for work is a great investment. You don't have to worry about lugging an additional bag to work every day. If you're short on cash, check with your insurance company and/or your doctor, most policies will give you a free/low-cost one.
4. Be prepared with additional supplies
Pumping is so much easier when you're prepared. Here are a few things that I always keep handy:
Hand sanitizer – Perfect to quickly cleanse your hands when touching common areas.
Wipes and napkins – Use to spot clean areas where breast milk may have leaked.
Cellphone - While pumping, I love to listen to music, watch YouTube videos and even FaceTime my little one.
5. Don’t Be Ashamed
Providing milk for your baby is something to be proud of. Never be ashamed! If others in the office inquire about where you run off to every three hours, let them know. They’ll learn to respect your time and the decision you’ve made to breastfeed your baby.
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