Here in Australia, parents currently have 18 weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave. During or after that time, however, many mums have a difficult decision to make: to return to work or to stay at home.
A lot of mums will choose to return to work, whether it is to financially support the family, because they enjoy their job, or for many other reasons. What many of these mums struggle with is how they can continue to breastfeed their bubs after they have re-entered the workforce.
We are here to tell you that it is possible as long as you go into it prepared. Below we have a lot of what you need to know about how to get ready forreturning to work while also breastfeeding your baby.
The sooner you begin preparing, the more reassured you will feel that you can stillbreastfeed your baby despite being at work during the day. You can work on the first step well before your bubs hits the scene:
If any of the above are unfamiliar and unwilling to handle and feed your baby expressed breastmilk, look elsewhere.
The next step you will need to consider:
Before heading back into work, have a trial run where you leave your baby with the caregiver and check out where you will be situated at your work. You will be able to determine whether you will have access to an electric outlet, whether you need an extension cord, and whether you have private space to pump.
A successful breastfeeding journey after returning to work will largely rely on scheduling. Here is what a breastfeeding schedule may look like:
While at your workplace, you will likely need to pump anywhere from one to three times during the day. Whenever you pump, make sure you have a snack on hand as well as bottled water, and allow for anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes to pump (10-15 minutes to empty your breasts and 10 minutes for assembly and cleaning).
After work, feed your baby again and enjoy a nutritious dinner. You may find that your baby will start to nurse more frequently during the night-time hours (this is referred to as “reverse cycle feeding”) and despite it keeping you up at night, it can work well for mums who find it difficult to pump during the day.
Leaking breastmilk is a common problem for breastfeeding mums in the workplace. You can help control leaks by:
Mums who are returning to work often turn toPeachymama for their workplace attire. Featuring the latest prints and styles, our fashions allow mums to both breastfeed and pump as discreetly as possible when at home and at the workplace.
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Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, waist and hips. When measuring your bust we recommend you wear your nursing bra.
|FRONT RISE||28||11||29||11 1/2||30||11 3/4||31||12|
|INSIDE LEG||76||30||77||30 1/3||78||30 2/3||79||31|
* 'Inside Leg' is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.
** The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.
In the video, Taryn wears size 12/14 (Medium)
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