Returning to work and leaving your little nursling behind can be a very challenging experience in itself. Add having to balance work and pumping breaks and it tends to make every working mom who breastfeeds extra anxious. How does that stress affect breastfeeding and what can we do to rise above and continue producing that liquid gold for our babies? I’m here to help you figure it out.
I initially returned to work after 12 weeks, which is a very common time for moms in the US to return to work as most moms return between 6-12 weeks postpartum. Since my MiL was caring for my son I was able to go home during lunch time for a quick nursing session but I had to continue pumping throughout the rest of the day. (more…)
We’re continuing our year long series where we follow three women on their breastfeeding journeys. How our moms feeling now that they babies are five months old? Have they established routines to help them through the day? What’s there experience been after returning to work? And have they been able to successfully manage all this while maintaining their milk supply and storage? (more…)
I’ve had quite a bit of experience with using a breastpump. The first time was about four days postpartum, when my milk came in. In full force. My breasts were so engorged that my daughter was no longer able to latch, they were that hard! The postpartum doula* quickly arranged a rental pump for me to help relieve the worst engorgement so my baby could nurse. Pumping for the win!
I bought my own double electric pump at around four weeks after birth. I was planning to go back to work at four months, and wanted to make sure I could practice. I also wanted to be able to have a break every now and then to attend a postpartum fitness class. On top of that Amber also had reflux and one of the first things prescribed was a thickening agent which had to be dissolved in breastmilk and then fed to her with a spoon. Amber would not take a bottle, so I pumped more or less once a day from four weeks up to four months of age. Most of that milk went to waste – it was all practice material for my little girl! (more…)