Going back to work after you are finished with maternity leave can put a strain on your breastfeeding routine. August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Western Wake Pediatrics has compiled some tips to help you ease back into pumping breast milk while in your place of work.
- Breastfeeding on demand will ensure you have plenty of milk for your baby when you return to work. Following your baby’s feeding cues and breastfeeding on a regular basis while you are on maternity leave will ensure you have a full supply of milk for them. During the last week of your maternity leave, we recommend counting up the number of times that you breastfeed in the span of 24 hours. This will allow you to figure out how many times you need to be pumping milk while at work.
- Squeeze in two pumping sessions during your lunch break. In order to get the right amount of pumps in per day while you are at work, you can maximize the time you have during your lunch break by pumping for 10 minutes, taking a break and then pumping another 10 minutes. Feeding your baby right before you leave in the morning will also help set a routine.
- Use the “Hands on Pumping” method to maximize milk production while at work. In order to increase the amount of milk you get while pumping at work, you can use the “Hands on Pumping” method. This entails combining hand expression and breast massage while you are pumping.
Contact Western Wake Pediatrics for More Tips on Pumping Breast Milk in the Workplace
Looking for ways to get more out of breast milk pumping while you are in the office? Reach out to the specialists at Western Wake Pediatrics at (919) 859-9991. We would be happy to give you more information about breastfeeding on maternity leave and how to get into a routine when you return to work.