Breastfeeding and the Working Mom


You’ve gotten off to a great start with breastfeeding basics and feel like you at least KIND OF know what you’re doing. But now it’s time to go back to work. Even stay-at-home moms have to get back to their normal daily activities.

The most important thing you can do is start a stock pile of breast milk. Pump immediately after morning feedings to stockpile about 3 oz. each day.  We recommend mornings, because that’s when most mothers have more milk than the baby needs at the time.

Combine 2-3 mornings’ worth of pumped milk in a bottle before freezing, or freeze immediately after pumping each day. If you freeze immediately, chill the next day’s milk before pouring it on top of frozen milk.  Because it’s not homogenized, you’ll see a cream layer rise to the top.  A quick swirl will easily mix it back into suspension.

Here are a few other tips to help you make the transition a little easier:

  • Start bottles early. Teach your baby to take a bottle of expressed milk at around 3-4 weeks. One bottle every other day is usually enough to help them get used to it.
  • Consider part-time. If it’s possible at your work place, ease into the transition by going back part-time for a while.
  • Talk to caregivers. Let them know what you expect from them and find out how they typically do things. Make sure they know the appropriate ways to use and store breast milk.
  • One last feeding. Some mothers like to feed baby when they get to daycare so they can go longer before having to pump at work later in the morning.

This week has been all about moms and breastfeeding, but next week we’ll cover DADS and breastfeeding!

By Connie Carlisle, Certified Lactation Specialist, Brookwood Baptist Women’s Medical Center

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