Tips For Breastfeeding Mums Returning To Work

August 16, 2016

Tips For Breastfeeding Mums Returning To Work

At some time or another, many of us have toreturn to work after the blissful months of baby-gazing and bonding with our new bundles of joy. Many will still be breastfeeding at this point and will need to consider pumping milk at work.

While some people may feel embarrassed about needing topump at work, or feel a sense of guilt that they are having extra “breaks” compared to their co-workers, this process is well within your basiclegal rights and there should be no need to feel ashamed.

Here atPeachymama, we like to help out any way we can, so we’ve compiled a short list of handy hints for new mothers returning to the workforce, to make pumping during work hours a more comfortable process.

  • Keep a spare change of clothes at work, in case there is ever spillage or a stain from pumping. A bra and shirt will suffice, and these can be left at work for any emergencies.
  • Ensure you have a quiet, private place allocated to you. Under law, your employer must work with you to provide somewhere comfortable and private to pump, so have this discussion with them before returning to work.
  • Take your time and relax. We all know how much more effective pumping can be when we’re relaxed, so take your phone or a book with you and try to enjoy the break. Don’t feel like you need to rush back to work as this will just hinder the process.
  • Adjust your attitude. There is no need to feel guilty, embarrassed, or ashamed of pumping milk for your baby at work. You are actually helping your employer by returning to work at this stage, so they should be happy to accommodate your needs.
  • Bring adequate supplies. Along with your breast pump, you’ll also need milk storage bags, a towel for any spills, and a concealed fridge or freezer bag in which to store your milk.

Your rights as a breastfeeding mother at work

Under Australian legislation, you are protected as a breastfeeding mother to have the right to pump milk during work hours in a safe and comfortable area without discrimination. Before returning to work from maternity leave, speak with a supervisor or human resources coordinator to discuss your specific needs so they can help you feel comfortable with your decision.

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Size Chart

So that you get an accurate measurement using our sizing chart:

  1. Make sure you wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust and hips.
  2. When measuring your bust it is recommended you wear your breastfeeding/nursing bra. 

The Simple Version

(Peachymama Sizes = Australian Sizes)

XS = 8-10

S = 10-12

M = 12-14

L = 14-16

The Detailed Version

Tops & Dresses

Size

Bust (cm)

Bust (in)

Waist (cm)

Waist (in)

Hip (cm)

Hip (in)

XS 89-94 35-37

66-72

26-28 91-97 36-38
S 94-99 37-39 72-76 28-30 97-102 38-40
M 99-104 39-41 76-81 30-32 102-107 40-42
L 104-109 41-43 81-86 32-34 107-112

42-44

Pants & Jeans
The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.

Size

Waist (cm)

Waist (in)

Hip (cm)

Hip (in)

Front Rise (cm)

Front Rise (in)

XS 66-72 26-28 91-97 36-38 28 11
S 72-76 28-30 97-102 38-40 29 11 1/2
M 76-81 30-32 102-107 40-42 30 11 3/4
L 81-86 32-34 107-112 42-44 31 12
Pants & Jeans - Inside Leg

This is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.

Size

Inside Leg (cm)

Inside Leg (in)

XS 76 30
S 77 30 1/3
M 78 30 2/3
L 79 31

 3/4 Pants - Inside Leg
This is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.

Size

Inside Leg (cm)

Inside Leg (in)

XS 61 24 1/2
S
62
25
M
63
25
L
64
25 1/3

If you’re not sure or need some help please don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 473 224.