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|Posted on August 3, 2015 at 10:32 AM|
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Styling by Modern Mommy Boutique
Photo by Erin Rudd Photography
The theme for this year’s World Breastfeeding Awareness Week is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s make it work!”
While it certainly can be more convenient to formula feed while at work, that is not the choice that all families want to make. (Side note: As long as the baby is put to the breast during contact hours, and barring other complications, the body will make the supply according to demand. It is possible to do a mix of formula feeding and breastfeeding as long as the baby is consistently put to the breast. Putting the baby to the breast places "the order" for it to be available again at the same time tomorrow.)
Since putting the baby to the breast places "the order" for breastmilk to be available again at the same time tomorrow, some mother's are choosing to use a breast pump at work to make sure their supply stays strong and consistent for their Sweet Peas. This allows for an exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) situation during the first six months as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Thanks to breast pumps, families can EBF even when the mother returns to a workplace or work arrangement in the home. This is not necessarily or convenient, hence today's choice of quote in our image.
I asked our former students for some input on this topic, and two things became clear:
A note about the time if you haven't pumped at work or while traveling:
"Letting down" to a breast pump takes acclimation. We were not designed to feed to a machine. If you have questions about finding the right pump for you, click back to read a guest post written by Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC about finding the right pump for the job you need it to do (more on that HERE).
One way I "trained" my body to pump was to nurse my Sweet Pea on one side, while I pumped on the other. By getting used to pumping with our baby, it made it easier to connect the machine to making milk for our child when I had to do pump without them.
HERE are resources for you to share with your workplace, and some for you to help you finesse your talking points with your co-workers, managers, etc.
I also want to share some collected tips from our students, and some from me from my pumping days:
Anecdotal reflections from our students
I am sharing these because if you are feeling isolated in your choice, I want to validate you - YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU ARE NOT CRAZY FOR WANTING THIS. IT IS WORTH IT.
Do you have any "back to work" breastfeeding+pumping tips to share?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted.
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