- I recommend you start pumping about 3 weeks before you return to work. This will get you adjusted to using a pump and will also help build up a bit of a freezer supply for those first few days and any other days you may not pump enough. This will prevent having to worry so much about getting the exact ounces you need. You’ll have a back up.
- Talk to your employer in advance and know the law. Many (if not all, not sure) states have laws that give you the right to pump at work and your employer must provide you a place to do so. Voice your concerns about making sure there is a lock on the door.
- Put together a photo album that you can carry with you that includes photos of your little one. Believe it or not, looking at pictures of your baby can actually help with lactating!
- Invest in a hands-free pumping bra if you can. They will help you relax more and that can increase your supply as well.
Never having a real break or a lunch break for nearly a year at work did get frustrating at times, but I was so happy that I was able to pump at work and give my baby ONLY breast milk for a whole year! Giving up my personal time at work was definitely worth it!
Mamas who pump at work, what are your other suggestions?