Breastfeeding Policy: My baby is 6-weeks old and I have to return to work next week. There is nowhere for me to pump at work and I don’t have consistent break times. Help!
Having concerns about your company’s breastfeeding policy when returning to work is valid. You are not alone! Your situation is an issue for many women. My answer for you depends on your personal goals for breastfeeding. Do you plan to exclusively breastfeed or will you also supplement? Do you plan to try to pump at work? Can you find a break at least every 4-5 hours?
My first piece of advice is to talk to your employer about your desire to pump at work, regardless of the current breastfeeding policy. Ask for a 15-minute break every 3-4 hours and a private area designated for pumping. Be sure you are prepared with an easy-to-use nursing bra to make your pumping time as simple as possible.
If you choose to bottle feed while you are a work, it is possible to wean your baby during your work hours and breastfeed only when you are at home. This would allow you to maintain some breastfeeding, even if you cannot pump at work.
Talk to a lactation consultant on how to make the transition smoother for you and your baby. And stock up on nursing bras to prepare for pumping at work. Right now you can save $15 on your purchase of $100 or more. Many pumps attach to nursing bras for hands-free pumping!