How To Pump Milk At Work Without Stress
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How To Pump Milk At Work Without Stress

Pumping milk for your baby when you return to work can be stressful. But it doesnÂ’t have to be Â… if you know what to expect. Here are some pointers for pumping milk in the workplace.

When your maternity leave ends, you are faced with the ultimate question: To pump or not to pump (when you return to work)? We all know the benefits of breastmilk as food for your baby, but there are so many unknowns when you return to work that making this decision can be difficult.

Here are some pointers that may help clear up some of the uncertainty, and hopefully will help your pumping-at-work experience when you do decide to continue breastfeeding.

1. Know your storage capacity

Sometimes you may not get as many opportunities to pump as you’d like when you return to work. You need to know what your “storage capacity” is so that you can have a good idea of your tolerance level.

Different women have different capacities to store milk. Some can only tolerate 2 hours without pumping, and some can tolerate 12.

2. Rehearse before you return to work

At least 3 weeks before you return to work, try to pump in the number of pumping sessions that you would likely be able to accommodate on the job. For instance, pump once in the morning, once at lunch and once in the evening so that when you return to work, you’d be able to pump at home before going to work, once at lunch while in the office, and then once when you return home from work.

3. Find a place at work other than the washroom

Pumping in the washroom is really not ideal. The logistics of balancing all the pumping equipment in cramped quarters is difficult. You will be stressed out from having to put up with people wondering what the noise is all about (that’s my pump, miss). And worst of all, the surfaces are likely covered in nasty germs. Even though you can be very careful to avoid contamination, sometimes just the paranoia of contaminated milk is enough to stop you from feeding your baby the pumped milk.

4. Surround yourself with like-minded colleagues

If there are other mothers at work, seek support from them. It helps a great deal to know that there are colleagues at work who knows what you’re going through, and can be understanding when you need to take your pumping breaks. Plus, they can cover up for you when you are on your break.

5. Remind yourself that this is for the baby

It can be quite a hassle having to pump at work. You can easily feel guilty about having to take pumping breaks. But think of it this way – there are plenty of colleagues who take more than one smoking break in a day. And remember that all this hassle is really to give your baby the best start in life.

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