Breastfeeding: When Returning To Work
Breastfeeding is good for mom and baby. It protects babies against many diseases and is the best source of nutrition for babies.
According to some experts, babies need to be breastfed (breast milk only) for at least the first 6 months, and should continue to be breastfed until at least 1 year of age.
Can I continue breastfeeding my baby when I return to work?
Have. You can continue breastfeeding when you return to work. The easiest way to do this is to plan a breastfeeding plan before returning to work. This plan can help you cope with issues that could hinder breastfeeding.
Before you take maternity leave, or before returning to work, talk to your employer about your breastfeeding plan
Also, take as long a maternity leave as possible.
This will help your milk source become abundant before returning to work.
How to breastfeed while at work?
If possible, find a babysitter close enough to the workplace so you can feed your baby at least once a day. You can go to the provider or have your baby bring you to work to breastfeed.
If I decide to express breast milk to reserve?
If your baby can't be near during the workday, you may decide to express breastmilk to save. Talk to your employer to answer the following questions:
How often can you express milk? At what time?
Where can you milk? Is the area electricity and private enough?
Possible changes in your work schedule to allow time for milking?
A checklist (see box below) can help you make sure you have everything you need to express your milk at work.
Whenever you are around your baby, you can still breastfeed. While you are at work, the babysitter can use the bottle to feed your expressed breastmilk
If you use a bottle too soon, your baby will not breastfeed. It is best to avoid using bottles and pacifiers until your baby is 4-6 weeks old and knows how to breastfeed properly.
Things you need to milk at the workplace
Milking machine and transformer (adapter) if needed. Prepare a spare battery if you are using a battery-powered milking machine.
Small freezer, with ice if there is no refrigerator to store milk at work. If you forget your refrigerator, store it at room temperature for 4 to 8 hours.
The number of milk storage is enough for milking times in a working day.
A spare shirt, sweater or vest to wear in case the breast leaks.
Patterned shirts should be worn as milk will be more difficult to see on the patterned fabric background.
Wear an open top from the front for easy access to your chest.
A small shawl or blanket to ensure privacy if you need to milk in the common area.
A bottle of water and nutritious snacks. Women who are breastfeeding really need more energy.
A pillow to support your arms while expressing milk, making expressing milk more comfortable.
A "do not disturb" sign to hang outside if you express milk in a common room.
A radio or portable music player (with your favorite music), entertainment book or magazine.
If relaxed, your breasts produce more milk and are easier to express.
Baby picture or a baby item. Thinking about your baby may stimulate reflexes in the milk.
Where can I milk while I'm at work?
You can milk in any area that is private enough. This area should have chairs, power sources, water tanks to wash your hands after milking.
What if I can't milk at work and can't go home to breastfeed?
If you can't express milk at work, you can still breastfeed whenever you are around your baby. Babysitters can breastfeed when breastmilk is not available.
If you do not express breast milk, your breasts will stop making milk.
During the first few days, the breasts become full and ooze. You can use the breast pads (breast pads) in your bra to absorb leaking milk. Fold your arms over your chest and apply strong force to stop the leak. If your breasts are sore, you can go to the bathroom and express milk (with your hands or with the milking machine). Just squeeze out a sufficient amount to ease the pain.
Who can I ask for advice when I have questions about breastfeeding while working?
Talk to a doctor, a friend or family member who has breastfed while at work. Local breastfeeding support groups or websites related to breastfeeding are also good sources of information.
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