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 continue our series, Breastfeeding Expectations, where we follow three breastfeeding moms through the children’s first year of life. At nine months, what does their breastfeeding relationship look like? What is reverse cycling and how is it impacting one of our panelists? Plus, the challenge of keeping up your milk supply and maintaining a full-time job. (more…)
We continue our series, Breastfeeding Expectations, where we follow three breastfeeding moms through the children’s first year of life. At eight months, how do you deal with a distracted baby? Does a constantly distracted baby mean the baby is weaning herself from the breast? Plus, the challenges of pumping in the workplace. Do you feel boobytrapped? (more…)
When I went back to work part-time at my baby’s three month birthday, I’d hoped that he would resort to reverse cycling in order to maximize our time together. I wanted him to need me. And yes, I wanted him to make up for lost time by nursing all night long. And he did exactly as I wished. Wow, we have such a special bond. He instinctively knows how to maximize his time with me. I just can’t get enough of this baby!! (more…)
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…)