Calling all working moms! It is possible to continue breastfeeding even if you are working. There are many ways to do it, and the key is finding the time and place that will work for you and for your colleagues.
Need some life hacks to make breastfeeding easier? Read on:
- On your first day at work, inform your boss of your intention to continue breastfeeding.
- Ask your employer if there’s a spare room in the office that you can use. Or better yet, identify a place that you are willing to use.
- As a general guideline, you need to pump the same number of times that you have been breastfeeding at home. But if it’s not possible, try your best to pump every 2-3 hours. Don’t wait for your breasts to feel full! Fullness is not a good sign as it sends the message to your body that there’s no need to produce milk any more.
- Having difficulty with your milk let down? Relax while pumping. Use a hands-free pumping bra and watch videos of your baby or listen to some music.
- Use a zip-lock bag to store your pump parts. There’s no need to wash them immediately after use as long as you will place them inside your insulated bag or inside your office refrigerator. Another option is using sterilizing tablets.
- When your electric pump fails, learn how to hand express your milk. Do this by massaging your breast and applying gentle pressure. This will help get your milk flowing.
You see moms? Pumping at work can WORK for you! Go for it!