Can I continue to breastfeed once I return to work?
Yes, you can. If you live near work or have on-site or nearby daycare, you may be able to take nursing breaks to feed your baby. If that’s not possible, you have two choices: Option 1: You can keep up your milk supply by using a high-quality electric breast pump to express milk during the workday. Your child’s caregiver can give your baby bottles of your expressed breast milk. (You can also supplement with formula if you can’t produce enough milk.) You’ll still be able to nurse your child whenever you’re not at work. The U.S. Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law in 2010, requires employers to provide moms of babies younger than 12 months a reasonable break time for pumping and a private place to pump, other than a bathroom. (Employers with fewer than 50 employees don’t have to comply if compliance would create “undue hardship.”) Option 2: If you can’t or don’t want to pump at work, you can gradually replace daytime feedings with formula while you’re still at home but continue to nurse at night and in the morning. Remember, though, that if you don’t nurse or pump during the day, your milk supply will diminish.
How does a breast pump help?
A breast pump helps a nursing mother to pump and store breast milk in order to allow the baby to enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding even when the mother is not around. This helps working mothers ensure that their babies get their due share of breastfeeding despite the distance. But its advantages are not only limited to working mums, even stay at home mothers can use a pump to store milk and ask an attendant to give a feed when needed while catching up on some me-time. A breast pump also comes in handy if the baby can’t latch well (where the child is unable to suckle or hold on to the nipples of its mother) but the mother is lactating enough to produce good quality of milk. Pumping out sufficient amount of milk can also help feed premature babies round-the-clock who might need more attention and adequate supply of breast milk.Continuous pumping can also save a new mother from the clutches of engorgement and the heaviness of breasts.
How to choose the right breast pump?
New compact electric breastpump