Back to Work
Getting ready to breastfeed and work
ideally starts before your baby is born, but even if you've
already returned to work, this section contains information
about the basics:
Choosing and Buying a Pump
This section describes the many varieties of breastpump
available today, with recommendations for which ones are best
suited for working mothers.
Even if you plan to use an electric pump, every mother needs to
know the fine art of hand expression. You'll be thankful for
these skills on days when you forget a pump part, face a power
outage, or are caught away from your baby unexpectedly.
Making Plans with your Employer
Talking to your employer about breastfeeding can be awkward.
This section contains some documents you can print out and give
to your employer, as well as arguments for why it is in their
best interest to support you in breastfeeding your baby
Tips for starting to pump, building up a stash of milk, and
relaxation for pumping.
Safe milk storage guidelines from La Leche League. Also includes
how to know if your milk has gone bad.
Tips for choosing the best bottle for your breastfed baby, when
and how to introduce bottles, and tips for the baby who won't
take a bottle.
Your first week back
Ideas for making your first week back easier, including a
typical schedule for the working and pumping mom and a checklist
for packing up your stuff.
How much milk does my baby need?
Find out how much milk to leave in bottles, and how this changes
as your baby grows.