Tips on pumping before returning to work

2 Mar

Breastfeeding can pose a challenge when it is time to go back to work. Most moms like myself are told that they have to stop nursing and give their babies formula because milk supply will dry up. Well I am still nursing at 20 months. So how do you get ready to go back to work and still breastfeed?

Get A Good Breast Pump

  1. Key to successive pumping is to buy a good electric double pump–  medela, http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/products/breast-pumps   and ameda http://www.ameda.com/  are 2 good pumps to get and they are worth the money. Time is of the essence when pumping at work.
  2. Start pumping about 3-4 weeks before returning to work. Breast needs to get used to the pump as the sucking is different from the baby.
  3. Pump early in the morning example at 6am and then at 8 am when milk supply is the highest and for 10-15 mins. Make sure you get a letdown as this where all the milk fat is and without a letdown milk supply can dry up.  You can pump first then nurse the baby after because the baby is good at getting the milk. You can even pump while the baby is nursing.

 

How Much Milk Can You Pump

 

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When you first start pumping, you may get a little milk the first time (about an ounce) but as you get used to pumping the amount will  increase. You can get a much as 8 0z. Freeze the milk in an ice tray with a cover then pop the cubes out and store in a ziplock bag. The ice-cube method helps to prevent wasting the milk. I used fresh baby tray because it is a HDP#2 plastic but now there is wean green glass baby containers.  I also used wax paper to line my ziplock bag.

Where Are You Going To Pump

  1. Find out where you are going to pump before you get back to work. The last thing you want is to be looking for somewhere to pump when you are engorged. Please  don’t settle for a bathroom. You don’t prepare your food in a bathroom so why should you prepare your baby’s food there.

 

Pump Schedule

  1. Once back at work, if possibly pump close to the time your baby eats. This helps your breast to make milk close to the time your baby would eat at home. Otherwise you may end with engorged breast and a baby who doesn’t want to eat.  Also depending on your work hours, try to pump at least every 3-4 hours to keep up your milk supply. If you supply starts to drop, there are different ways to increase your supply. Fenugreek tea, motherlove more milk plus. I pumped for 14 months at work before hanging up the pump. Most of all try to relax and let the milk flow.

Storing Your Milk

  1. You can bring a cooler bag with an ice pack to store your milk in. Some companies include a cooler bag and ice pack with their pumps.
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One Response to “Tips on pumping before returning to work”

  1. Ameda Purely Yours March 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    Tips on pumping before returning to work is an advice and encouragement for Mothers who desire to have happier healthier babies.

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