Monthly Archives: September 2018

Your First Week of Breast Pumping in the Workplace

September 27, 2018

Part Two of our three-part series to assist with your return to work as a pumping mom…

In the first part of this series, we covered what you’ll need to do before your maternity leave ends to successfully pump breast milk while at work. In this second part of our three-part series, we will look at some of the ways you can ease your transition that first week when you return to work.

You’re likely to feel overwhelmed your first week or two back. That’s totally normal! Even though you may be a fierce and dedicated mama, it doesn’t mean you’re superhuman.

You may feel tired, emotional, guilty, and conquered — sometimes all at once. But here are five tips to keep you on track, even when you feel like the parenthood express is totally derailing.

1. Make Your Pumping Schedule a Priority

Before your first day back, you should have written up a pumping schedule — the times during the day in which you’ll be pumping. Once you have that schedule in place, try not to deviate from it.

If you begin pumping less than what your schedule shows you should be, you run the risk of not producing enough milk. As your baby grows bigger and requires more milk, you don’t want your supply to diminish. Also, pumping frequently will help you keep clogged milk ducts at bay — that can be painful so you want to make sure to avoid it.

2. Pencil In Snuggles With Your Baby

Both you and your baby are going to be missing your breastfeeding sessions during the day. You might decide it will be easier to feed your baby breast milk out of bottles all the time instead of switching back and forth between the breast and the bottle.

If that’s the case, make sure you still do some of the feedings and that you have plenty of snuggle time with your baby. That contact will make you both feel so much better about the transition you’re undergoing.

3. Wear the Correct Attire

Even if you are lucky enough to have your own office, or have been designated a private room to pump in, you might not want to go full commando and whip both of the girls out. We all know that person who enters a room without knocking, and this could turn your relationship with that co-worker very awkward, very fast.

A better alternative is to invest in some stylish nursing tops or tanks and camis which allow you to hook up your pump without needing to completely remove your top.

4. Don’t Let That Breast Milk Spoil

Make sure you have a way to transport the breast milk you’ve pumped from the office to your house. The last thing you want is to have that milk go bad while you’re transporting it on a hot day.

Your best bet is to invest in a cooler and some ice packs so you can be certain you aren’t feeding your baby spoiled milk. You can keep the breast milk in the cooler pack in your workplace refrigerator and the ice packs in the freezer until you’re ready to use them for the trip home.

5. Find the Right Pump

You’re going to be spending a lot of time with the breast pump you choose so you need to make sure it’s a good one. It should express your milk quickly, and you’ll also want it to do the job quietly since you’ll be in a workplace setting and you might be uncomfortable with something that sounds too loud.

Any pump you choose should be a double electric pump. That way you can drain both of your girls at the same time. That will be an enormous time saver.

6. Keep Your Chin Up

Remember, you can do this! You aren’t the only pumping employee out there. Even though it can be hard at times, remind yourself why breastfeeding is a healthy choice for your baby. That will help you keep at it when you feel like throwing in the towel.

About the Author

Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a breastfeeding advocate, and a professional writer and editor for the popular parenting blog, Mom Loves Best. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family, hiking, camping and getting back in touch with nature.

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Preparing for Back to Work as a Pumping Mom

September 20, 2018

Part One of our three-part series to assist with your return to work as a pumping mom…

If you’re like most moms, maternity leave seems to zoom by before you know it. Whether you feel like you’re up to the challenge of returning to work or you’re dreading that first day, if you’re breastfeeding your baby you’ve likely got a little extra on your mind.

You’re probably wondering how the experience of pumping at work is going to go and if it’s going to be awkward or uncomfortable. Before you raid the freezer for your stash of emergency ice cream, take a deep breath. We’ve got you covered in this 3 part guide with our best breast pumping tips that will make your life easier in the workplace.

The key to pulling off breast pumping in the workplace without a hitch is to think about it before you actually go back. Yeah, we know you’d rather enjoy your last couple of weeks of snuggling your baby and wearing your nursing nightgown in peace without thinking about work. But there are a few things you need to be doing at this point.

1. Create a Freezer Stash

You need to have some breast milk already stored up before you breeze back into the office. That way, your baby’s caregiver will have all the breast milk they’ll need for your baby and you won’t panic if your routine disruption creates a little less supply for you in the first few days of returning to work.

Ideally, you’ll begin preparing your freezer stash weeks before you return to work. The goal is to have as much breast milk stored up as you can. That way you’ll be prepared for anything. Just make sure to label the date each bag of milk is pumped so you’ll know it’s fresh when you go to use it.

2. Talk To Your Boss

The best time to talk to your boss about how you’ll need a place to express milk during the workday isn’t five minutes before you’re scheduled to start pumping on your first day back. Your poor boss will likely look like a deer in the headlights if that happens.

It’s best to give your boss enough time to come up with a game plan, especially if most of the people you work with are women who are no longer in their childbearing years or men. This may be a new situation for your boss, so you’ll want to give adequate time for figuring things out.

3. Assemble Everything You’ll Need

When you leave home with your baby for any reason, you always bring a diaper bag, right? You’ll need to apply the same concept to pumping milk in the workplace. You should have a designated bag you bring each day that contains everything you’ll need.

You’ll have your pump, nursing bra, accessories, a bottle of water, snacks, magazines, and anything else you’ll need in there. Since your letdown reflex can take a hit when you’re uptight — and you’re bound to be a bit uncomfortable while pumping in the workplace in the beginning — you should throw in a picture of your baby to help with your letdown.

4. Be Prepared

As a mom in the workforce, you’re going to have to be prepared — you won’t be able to just wing it anymore. Try to cover your bases before issues arise, so you won’t be left scrambling. If you’re proactive instead of reactive, your time as a pumping mama will go much smoother.

 

About the Author

Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a breastfeeding advocate, and a professional writer and editor for the popular parenting blog, Mom Loves Best. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her family, hiking, camping and getting back in touch with nature.

 

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