It seems that when you first master new motherhood, you should go back to work, which may bring a new learning curve, especially if you have been breastfeeding and want to continue to do so. However, with a little planning and expertise, you can do it completely! Pumping is a kind of labor of love. I think you are making a great choice for you and your children. This is the choice you will never regret. As a breastfeeding consultant, they have been supporting them after returning to work. I have compiled answers to some of the most common questions to help you get the job done easily.
Watch this video “Top 5 Doctor Mom Tips for Pumping Breastmilk at Work”(15mins 13 seconds)
Q: How do I create a “Milk stash” before resuming work, how much do I need?
A: A common misconception is that you need to save a lot of “milk stash” when you return to work. If you don’t pump a lot of for the baby’s immediate needs, this may put pressure on you.
No fear! You may not have recommended 100 ounces of stash elsewhere on the Internet, this is not required. In fact, for safety, you only need about two days of milk. Although it depends on their weight, if your baby is 3 to 6 months old, they are likely to need 3 to 4 ounces every 2 to 3 hours.
This means that if you are going to work for eight hours, your “stash” will need about 24 ounces of weight to get you through the first day of work, and will require a little emergency backup.
To prepare, start pumping once a day after breastfeeding on the first morning, about one month before resuming work (avoid pumping 6 weeks before delivery, so as not to affect your milk supply).
If you only smoke 1 ounce at a time, rest assured, keep it in the refrigerator until 3 to 4 ounces are collected, and then put it in the refrigerator!
Q: How do I create a pumping schedule?
A: This may seem daunting, but it is actually very simple. If your baby eats every 2 to 3 hours, then every 2 to 3 hours. If your baby eats at 9:30 am and you cannot leave the meeting at 10:30 am, you do not have to pump at the same time every day.
If your pumping time changes according to the work schedule of the day, so is it-don’t be nervous! This is the best rule of thumb to remember: if the baby has eaten 3 times away from you, try 3 pumps.
If you produce more milk than the baby needs and freeze unused milk, you can try to reduce the pumping time, just to carefully evaluate your supply. If you notice a drop, add the pumping session again.
Q: Do I freeze all milk every time I go home?
Answer: The short answer is no! The long answer is that fresh breast milk contains the most valuable nutrients, so please feed your baby fresh milk first. On Monday (or the first day of the week), feed your baby’s oldest milk in the refrigerator.
Give them soy milk on Monday (no need to freeze) on Tuesday, soy milk on Tuesday (no need to freeze) on Wednesday, and so on. On Friday (or the last day of the week), but the pumped milk in the refrigerator. See, you now have a timeline for breastfeeding mischievous moms!
Q: How do I clean the pump and store milk while working?
Answer: Cleaning the pump parts can be painful. No one wants to clean the pump more than once a day, so my suggestion is to throw milk and all pumping parts into the refrigerator after the pumping is completed. This means that you only need to clean the pumped parts when you return home at night.
When storing, please carry the milk storage bag with you, and then put the full storage bag in the refrigerator to work towards the rear. Depending on the length of your commute, you may need to carry a small insulated lunch bag to bring the milk home, but you may not use it if you don’t have a long journey or drive.
Make things as simple as possible! For more detailed milk storage guidelines, click here.
Q: Does my baby’s nanny require more milk? How much milk does a baby need?
A: The amount of milk a baby needs depends on their age and weight. In the United States, moms usually return to work between 3 and 6 months postpartum, which means that older babies need 3 to 4 ounces per feeding. Breastfeeding babies usually reach a weight of 4 ounces when they are 5 to 6 months old, and rarely require more than one feeding.
Consider visiting a breastfeeding support group or lactation consultant in your area to get the baby’s accurate weight, weight the feed, and discuss the amount the baby needs. Sometimes, babies suck milk from bottles faster than breast milk, which may cause the baby’s stomach to not have enough time to tell the baby that the brain is full.
To prevent this from happening, keep your pacifier size 1 (rarely breastfeeding babies need to exceed this level).
Another useful technique for preventing overfeeding of babies is to practice rhythm bottle feeding, which more closely mimics breastfeeding. Find more information about it here. Even if you work with an experienced babysitter and daycare center, don’t be afraid to advocate for it!
Q: What rights do I have as a working mom?
A: The laws vary from state to state, but most workplaces must support new moms and their pumping needs, including service industry jobs.
If your company has a human resources department, please hold a meeting with a human resources representative and manager (if there is no dedicated human resources department, only the manager) to discuss the frequency of pumping required to designate a private space.
If there is no lounge refrigerator, You can also do this, or you can store pumped milk in it. For more information about the rights of your working mom, please visit the Thrive Momma resource page here.
For more information about recovery work, if you have any questions, or just need to remind you that you are capable of doing difficult things. Also, please visit my website for the upcoming online courses on this topic!
When Ingrid & Isabel was born, its founder Ingrid had just cherished her daughter Isabel, so she could no longer prepare for her early pregnancy.
She designed the first prototype of Bellaband and spent three years perfecting its design, then put it on the shelf in 2003. To this day, every piece we make is designed for moms, designed for moms and designed for moms. Shop our full range of maternity clothing.