Breastfeeding and the Working Mother

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    Since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding up to a year, many moms want to try and meet this time frame. More moms today are conscious of wanting to give their children the best start in life via breast milk.

    It is natural for a new mom to feel apprehensive about returning to work after maternity leave, more so because of the challenge of continuing to breastfeed while working fulltime.

    Continue reading to learn some great tips on how you can efficiently handle both working and breastfeeding successfully.

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  1. Avatar of Jessica Jessica says:

    I currently work at a nursing home and was always hard too much work to do to take any breaks other than the half hour break I had to punch out for before I had my baby, my coworkers don’t have time for breaks either, there’s just too much work and not enough people to do it. Before I had my son, I told my supervisor and coworkers that I would need time to pump. The supervisor told me not to worry and that we would “figure something out”. We haven’t really and I’ve been having to go four to five hours without pumping, and my son still eats every two to three during the day (he does go for five to eight hour stretches without eating at night though). My milk supply has always been and still is abundant and I usually produce more that my baby needs, but I am concerned that my supply will drop if I keep this up, so I am switching jobs. I have also been a bit nervous about giving my baby the milk I express at work, because I work around alot of sick people and I don’t feel like the place I was told to pump in is very clean.

  2. Avatar of Alyssa Alyssa says:

    I work a straight 8 hr shift. :( i can usually sneak away for one pump session in the middle of the shift. I pump right before i leave (3:30 am) pump between 8-9. and feed her immediately when I get home. I wish i could get two pumps in but its too busy for me to sneak away for 20min to pump. I’ve started making lactation cookies, there’s a recipe on bellybelly.com, my supply seems to be suffering from not being able to pump and brewers yeast sure is nasty by itself. lol. my daughter is a little stinker when it comes to the bottle, she’ll take it from me and other women but not Daddy. she loves him, coos and smiles, looks for him when she hears him talking but will not eat from him, we’ve tried everything. lol

  3. Avatar of RBirri RBirri says:

    For those who are having trouble getting baby to take the bottle try having the father or someone else offer the bottle. My little lady wouldn’t take it from me or even if I was in the room at first, because she knows the real thing is near by. We tried several bottles but the only one she would take is the Tommee Tippee. It’s wide at the top with a more broad nipple, much more like a breast than other bottles. Now that I am back to work I am nursing her at 5am, getting to work at 7, pumping at 8, 11, and 2 and then nursing her when we get home at 5 and for the remainder of the evening. It is a lot of work to keep up with the pumping and washing and setting up bottles every evening but I am fully committed to breastfeeding and it’s becoming a routine that’s working really well.

  4. luckily I haven’t had any issues with nursing and pumping. I nurse my DD as close to when I have to leave in the morning as possible(around 7 am), get to work at 8 am, pump at 9:30, 12 and 3, leave work at 5 and nurse my DD as close as possible to when I get home(between 5:30-6). It seems to work pretty well, I have about a months worth of milk stored in the freezer. I introduced a bottle once every couple days starting at 3 weeks. She definitely prefers nursing over a bottle though. I definitely think it’s worth pumping while I’m at work….health wise and for our budget. It makes for a longer day, but I’m willing to do it!

  5. hi,iam varsha fron india,i have 6 weeks girl baby & she is unable to catch my breast nipple due to short length nipple.I dont know h i have to breast feed milk through my nipple,plzz guide me have to take action against this.

    • Avatar of Sara McTigue, CLCEditor Sara McTigue, CLC says:

      I suggest finding a lactation consultant to work with you on various holds to help with the latch. In the meantime, a nipple shield may work to give baby something to latch to and keep things going for you.

  6. Sure, better to just pump than not feed breastmilk at all, but I encourage everyone to nurse too as it’s a great source of comfort when the baby is upset , in pain or overtired. In the last case, it takes me about 2 minutes to put her to sleep thanks to nursing.

  7. Avatar of Sierra-Dawn Sierra-Dawn says:

    I am not working right now . Good and bad thing: /
    My sister in-law had to go to the other side of the country for work. She had her milk express shipped from NY to CA.

  8. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    My work has been good with me. So Grateful!

  9. Avatar of Shelagh Shelagh says:

    Inform HR. If the harassment doesn’t stop call corp office HR. Keep going to the top. You have the law on your side. When you call remain calm and controlled. If something is said that really upsets you, make a note of it and inform them that a lawyer will be your next call. Hang up. Do not engage.

  10. Avatar of Shelagh Shelagh says:

    My son was the same way. Try a couple different kinds of bottles. We ended up on the Tommee Tippers. They have a very breast like shape. He STILL wont take a bottle if I am anywhere in the vicinity (12 weeks old). But daddy and caregivers have some success after I leave. Good Luck.

  11. Avatar of Ada Ada says:

    This is encouraging to know it’s possible at work.

  12. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    i too am having difficulty with this, chris has a good idea though to keep trying different bottles, if only i had more moeny to buy different bottles

  13. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    My 3 months old son is like that. He prefers breast feed than feeding using the bottle. It was difficult until I found what particular nipple bottle he needs. I tried so many bottles with different brands until I found out that my son likes the one that looks like my breast nipple. I believe your daughter might like a particular nipple. Try and see which one she prefer.

  14. Avatar of Mommy2_3Men Mommy2_3Men says:

    I’m breast feeding baby number 3 and am not looking forward to returning to work. I know it’s going to be a challenge since I’m in the military to continue once I go back but I’m willing to try for my baby boy :)

  15. I give props to mother’s that breastfeed!

  16. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I breastfeed & sometimes pump but my babygil dosen’t like bottles

    & im thinking to go back to work but she dont ike bottles so i dont know what to do???

  17. Avatar of MissMichell MissMichell says:

    i breast feed & pump so i can go back to work when we are ready

  18. Avatar of Sara McTigue, CLCEditor Sara McTigue, CLC says:

    You can use the pump, but if you are planning on nursing directly from the breast at any point it is important to establish a good latch, which happens best early on. Also, the skin-to-skin contact of nursing will stimulate milk production much better than a pump can!

  19. Everything that I have read has said to establish breastfeeding before pumping…is it not possible to only use the pump? It seems like it would work the same as long as I did it consistently…

  20. Avatar of momma5 momma5 says:

    i am breastfeeding only and that is all he will take he wont even take a bottle. so i cant pump either. i talked to the doctor she said to let him sip it out of a medicine cup hes only three months old

  21. Avatar of Sara McTigue, CLCEditor Sara McTigue, CLC says:

    She probably won’t want to take a bottle from you, since she knows there are other options. When you aren’t there, and she is hungry, she will take a bottle from someone else.

  22. tried other people as well but someone told me to try a sippy cup can that work for breast milk has anyone tried

  23. i really want to be able to g back to school but i have strictly breast feed my lil one for five months and now i cant get her to take a bottle even with breast milk anyone else have this issue or advise please helpp

  24. Avatar of ashlaws ashlaws says:

    My supervisors have really tried to cause me problems in regard to pumping even with printed copies of the laws that give me the right to do so. I work 12 hour shifts and only get to pump at my breaks, which is twice throughout the entire shift. Even though I work in an office, they have also tried to keep me from eating snacks throughout the day as well.

  25. Avatar of Athena Athena says:

    i did the same thing…came to work when Adisynn was just 4wks old. i was worried about the same thing..will she eat enough, will still want me after leaving so soon, will she suffer emotionally…lots of different things. fortunately, my husband and i could afford for him to stay home while i came back to work. he runs his own business and could handle things once i got off. its has worked out great! my employer and fellow employees work well w/ me in regards to pumping. sometimes it gets a little frustrating, just because i have to stop my work to go to the restroom for about a half hour!!! but its been great!! everyone is supportive, including my husband! and our babygirl is growing happy and healthy!!

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