- Get a lactation consultant: They have experience in every area of breastfeeding, which includes returning to work and knowing your rights. They can be a great support and there for you whenever any questions or concerns should arise.
- Talk to your employer: Whomever you feel most comfortable with who has authority to allow you to pump when you are back on duty. It’s best to let them know before you go on maternity leave or in plenty of time before your return so they can make any appropriate arrangements. STAND STRONG and don’t back down if you receive any criticism.
- Know your rights: Georgia for instance has this law in place: “allows employers to provide daily unpaid break time for a mother to express breast milk for her infant child. Employers are also required to make a reasonable effort to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the workplace for this activity.” Look up the laws and know your rights in your area.
- Ask for a private room or area: If you have your own office, that certainly is ideal but if not, your workplace may want to set up a small conference room for you with curtains and a lockable door. Quite a few will set up phones and laptops so you can work as you pump saving the company valuable time.
- How much time do you need: A few trial runs at home let you know how long to ask your employer for. Most moms find 20 minutes works well to set up, pump for 15 minutes and clean up. To keep up your milk supply, you should pump approximately every 2 hours.
BREASTFEEDING WORKING :
- Breast Pump: Using a double electric pump is the certainly the fastest way to go by expressing both at the same time, which stimulates “let-down”.
- Hands-Free Bustier: The hands-free bra allows you to pump while working at the same time instead of holding two bottles for the time it takes you to pump, approximately 4 times per day.
- Separate refrigerator: Some workplaces will supply one solely for expressed milk, especially if they have one or more mommies pumping. If you need to put your milk in the communal refrigerator, you may want to keep it in a separate bag or cooler to keep people from touching it and they will never be the wiser of what’s in the bag.
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