Whether you're returning to work after maternity leave or just entering the workforce, adjusting to a new schedule after having a baby can be less than rosy for both mom and baby. That's why we asked Linda Hill, a certified Lactation Consultant working with Doctor on Demand, to discuss how new moms who wish to continue breastfeeding can make the transition back into the workforce easier.
We want to encourage mom to breastfeed as long as she wants to and unfortunately, mom's returning to work can face many challenges if they're trying to keep breastfeeding and keep their supply up. From remembering to take every tiny piece of the pumping equipment, to sterilizing bottles and eating and drinking enough to keep your supply up. We've compiled a list of the 3 biggest issues facing breastfeeding moms when returning to work and what you can do to solve or avoid them:
1) New Stress
There are a number of new stressors when mom is working again, but it's critical to manage the stress level, because it can affect the milk supply. A few tips to get you started:
Go for short walks during the day
Have regular check-ins with baby
Manage expectations at work
2) Drinking Enough Fluids
Hydration is key to maintaining a healthy milk supply. Your milk supply will thank you.
Consider filling a pitcher at the beginning of the day with water for the day so you can track how much you've had
Set reminders on your smartphone to drink up.
Drink at least 8 cups of water a day (read more Hydration here link to Hydration post)
3) Making Pumping A Priority
To ensure your body continues to produce enough milk and you avoid an infection, stick to a regular pumping schedule.
Set a calendar appointment for pumping.
Ask a supervisor to help you locate a private space where you can pump, like another female's private office space.
If an inside space isn't available, try the car. You may need to get a special adapter for your pump to plug into your car's outlet.
Try a portable-pump which can slip into the bra and be fairly concealed, so you can continue to work while pumping.
Anticipating returning to work after maternity leave? Are you having difficulty dealing with your new schedule? You're not alone. Connect with other moms in our Secret FB Group - UpSpring Club IMO (In Mom's Opinion). Join fellow moms on the journey through pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and beyond. If you're not a member of Facebook or wish to find other ways to get breastfeeding help or support, please reach out to the local lactation consultants in your area.
Recently, in our UpSpring studio, we interviewed a certified lactation consultant and took live questions when it was aired.
Watch below to discover breastfeeding secrets!