As a breastfeeding mother, heading back to work and mastering a pumping routine poses its own set of challenges. Here are 5 tips for pumping at work.
1. Before returning to work determine how you will work pumping into your work schedule. Discuss with your employer how pumping is facilitated in your workplace. Does your company have a lactation room or will you be pumping in your office or another location. Determine a schedule for pumping at work and try to stick to it, set certain times of day aside to pump and try to keep those times in your schedule. Getting into a routine will help in the success of your pumping experience.
2. Keep photos of baby in your pumping bag to help stimulate milk production.
3. Determine where you will store your milk. Many breast pump kits come with coolers and ice packs for milk storage while on the go. Otherwise, determine where you will store the milk at work.
4. Consider ways to be efficient with preparing bottles and cleaning pump parts. There are steam bags that can be used to easily sanitize pump parts and accessories. Also consider pumping into storage containers that you can use the following day for baby’s bottle so you do not have to wash and prepare bottles as frequently.
5. Relax. Take time to get comfortable with your pump and find the right setting and routine so you can be successful and maximize milk production while away from your little one.