Are you a breastfeeding mama who will need to start pumping at work?
Being home with our babies 24-7 is an ideal world. But the reality of the matter is, most of us need to work. In order to keep breastfeeding, we need to pump.
Pumping at work can seem a little daunting. Some days we feel like we can hardly get through our regular work day never mind adding in pumping to that mix.
Are you wondering how you will manage pumping at work?
Take a deep breath, mama! It is totally doable.
I am here to help get you through it. And not just scrape by. I want you to feel super confident when you go back to work!
Transitioning from Breastfeeding to Pumping at Work
Breast Milk Freezer Stash
One of the most important and helpful things you can do for yourself is to start building a breast milk freezer stash.
If you know from the beginning that you will be returning to work after your maternity leave is over, then you can start planning early. And you don’t need to feel overwhelmed with saving tons of ounces, honestly. Having just a few days worth of breast milk is all you need.
I wanted to create a huge breast milk freezer stash, so in the later months of my breastfeeding journey I would be able to cut down on pumping and relax more. For tips on how I created a breast milk freezer stash until we ran out of freezer space, view this article.
Download and print this free pumping log to help you keep track of when you pumped and how much you got each time. I created this tool when I started to feel like I wasn’t pumping often enough.
This is a great tool to bring with you to work. When your mind is elsewhere- use this as a reference for each time you pump to keep you on track!
It is SO important to make sure you pump enough when you are away from your baby.
How often should I be pumping?
You need to be pumping as much as you would be feeding your baby if you were home. On average- this means you need to pump every 3 hours.
This tool will also let you learn your output trend.
What is an output trend??
Using this chart you will be able to reflect on your pumping outputs and see patterns develop. There are times of day when your output is greater than others. It can be helpful to recognize and understand what your body does.
When you chart your outputs you will be able to spot a decline in your output early. Spotting a decline early is KEY to maintaining your breast milk supply so you can know when to step it up. The sooner you add in a power pump session or two- the better!
I used this technique when my supply had a sudden decrease, which would happen from time to time after working. This technique is perfect for the working mama because it requires less time than the traditional power pumping method. >>Tell me more!<<
I have TONS of other tips for boosting your breast milk supply quickly!
Read more here:
- Build a Massive Breast Milk Freezer Stash
- How to Maximize Your Breast Milk Output While Pumping
- 20 Tips to Increase Breast Milk Supply Quickly
- How I Boosted My Breast Milk Supply
- What to do When Your Breast Milk Output is Unequal
- A New Way to Power Pump
- Boost Your Breast Milk Supply
- How to Maintain a Good Breast Milk Supply
Now on to building that breast milk freezer stash!
Begin Pumping From Day 1
If your goal is to create a breast milk freezer stash, this is how you do it. Pumping from the get-go is the fastest and easiest way to have a strong milk supply. This will allow you to have plenty of extra milk to freeze.
Be mindful when you are using this technique because you risk potentially becoming engorged and mastitis if you aren’t pumping often enough. Your breasts will be producing more than your baby needs so you need to be diligent in removing the excess milk often. That is the key to your massive breast milk freezer stash.
The more you pump, the more your breasts will produce.
The fundamentals of breastfeeding and pumping can be summarized in 3 words:
>>> SUPPLY AND DEMAND <<<
The more your baby (or pump) demand, the more your body will supply. Simple right??
While it is a simple concept, it will take a lot of work. You will want to pump after feedings to tell your body it needs to make more breast milk. Keep in mind- after feedings you generally won’t get a lot of milk out because your baby has just emptied them.
I have created a free guide to breastfeeding and creating your breast milk stash.
Download the PDF now! Get the most important things you need to know about breastfeeding a pumping here.
Planning for Work
Once you have educated yourself on the basics of breastfeeding and you have started to utilize the tips above- you should be feeling pretty good about going back to work. If you start building your breast milk supply while on maternity leave, you will feel much more at ease. Trust me!
Breastfeeding a baby is no walk in the park. Pumping comes with it’s own set of challenges as well. When you combine those two things AND add in the fact that you are working- it can be a monstrous task. But you can do it!
Pumping at work will take perseverance.
It takes lots of planning and figuring out your body.
But you can be successful!
For any questions or if you are in need of support please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It takes a tribe, mama! Let’s get you to your breastfeeding goals!
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