Your return to work after maternity leave can be challenging. Combine that with an employer who less-than supportive of your pumping rights and you have even more stress. What are your pumping rights when you return to work? How can you ensure these laws are upheld? And what’s the best way to handle your break times and make them work for you? (more…)
I am 8 months into breastfeeding my son. I work part time.
I also have a 25 month old boy. I want to provide him at least 8 ounces of breastmilk a day. In order to achieve that I must increase my supply… but I hate pumping.
What was once a saving grace has become an unbelievable burden. Pumping makes me feel like I am held hostage. As awesome as a portable double electric pump is, once I am strapped in and the pump is plugged in, that is it. I am in one place for the duration.
And I am so over pumping at work. I used to be so proud. Look at me, I am a breastfeeding mother. I love working for you all, but my priority is my baby. I can do it all !!! (more…)
October 9th marked our two year breastfeeding anniversary for my daughter. I know that isn’t something most people think of as a big deal, but for me, it sure was.
I remember that very first time I breastfed her. I felt like doing a happy dance when she latched on right away! Such a smart girl right away. She knew exactly what to do. Throughout our breastfeeding journey, we only met one obstacle….my milk supply. It was such a struggle at first. She weighed 7 lbs 10 ounces at birth, but lost quite a bit of weight. She was down to 6 lbs 8 ounces within a few days. The pediatrician was wonderful, but then she started blabbing about having to give her formula. She said, breastfeed her on both sides for 10 minutes. Then pump, give her what you pump, then offer her formula. It was really exhausting! (more…)
Whether you are pumping to maximize your milk supply, have milk for a bottle, or exclusively pumping, there are many techniques to help maximize your pumping sessions. What type of pump is best for your situation? How can you make breast pumping more comfortable? And what are some tips and tricks for letting down more easily to increase your output? (more…)