32 Breastfeeding Tips for Working Mothers

Now that your maternity leave is winding down, you're preparing to transition back to work. Suddenly you realize that you'll have to pump at the office. You feel nervous every time you think about this possibility. 

You want to ensure your baby continues to receive the benefits of your breast milk long after you return to work. At the same time, however, you also need to go back to your professional life. 

If you find yourself full of questions about pumping and breastfeeding, check out our Breastfeeding guide and Breast Pumping FAQs. You'll find an answer to all your questions or most of them. 

Below, you can find some of the best suggestions that should help make pumping as a working mom easier.

Pumping Tips for Breastfeeding Working Moms

We start with the core tips and then move on to a few more:

  1. Buy a quality breast pump, especially a double-electric pump like the Momcozy Double Electric Wearable Breast Pump;
  2. Train your baby to feed on a bottle starting at least a month before you resume work;
  3. Talk to the HR or your manager about having flexible work timings;
  4. Take good care of yourself. Pay special attention to your physical and mental health;
  5. Get all the help you need from co-workers, your spouse, family members, and friends;
  6. Start getting into your work pumping routine a week or two before returning to work;
  7. Be kind to yourself throughout this process. No matter how breastfeeding turns out for you, you're a great mom doing a hard job;

Here are more helpful tips on how to make the most of breastfeeding as a working mother:

  1. Set reminders on your phone for when it's time to pump;
  2. Have spares of everything at the office, including a pumping bra, power cord, extra pump, bottles, storage bags, and lids;
  3. Stock up on breast pads, which can absorb breast milk from leaking breasts to help prevent embarrassment and protect your clothing from stains;
  4. Get a hands-free nursing bra to have a greater ability to multitask;
  5. Follow a feeding schedule to pump every three hours or three times in an eight-hour workday. You can then decrease the pumping frequency as your baby grows older;
  6. Stick on your pumping schedule, regardless of how busy you are;
  7. Double up on bottles so that you'll have one set of empty bottles to use throughout your workday, and your baby will have a set of full bottles while you're at work;
  8. Bring extra clothes, including an extra bra to change quickly when needed;
  9. Make sure your clothes are "pumping-friendly," for example, easy-access shirts, drop-down tops, and a hands-free pumping bra;

  1. Create your pumping oasis with enough snacks and comfortable furniture;
  2. Know the laws for breastfeeding and pumping mothers in your country or state;
  3. Don't work while you pump; you can instead read or watch your favorite show;
  4. Make pumping at work a priority and say "no" to your colleagues when needed;
  5. Make sure your co-workers know your pump times;
  6. If there's no refrigerator in the office, carry a cooler box to store expressed milk;
  7. Check with your HR team to make sure there's a lactation room or a safe place where you can pump at work;
  8. Buy multiple pump sets and a waterproof storage bag to carry the dirties home;
  9. Build up a supply of frozen breast milk before returning to work, so try to get started on expressing and saving breast milk a few weeks in advance;
  10. At each session, pump until both breasts are empty;
  11. Stimulate milk flow by massaging the breast;
  12. Pre-sterilize your breast pump and milk bottles at home before use;
  13. Think about your baby to stimulate milk flow;
  14. Give yourself permission to feel tired and overwhelmed, especially in those first weeks without your baby;
  15. Seek out other moms in your office, check out local groups for working mothers, or visit parenting websites to chat about your fears, roadblocks, and successes;
  16. Expect a few setbacks and embarrassing moments in the beginning. It's normal, and you should not worry;

The Wrap Up

While breastfeeding is a rewarding job, it is also a very demanding job. Having a baby and then returning to work can seem to make it all harder. However, keep these tips in mind, and you'll find pumping at work much more manageable. 

With a bit of preparation and some practice, you'll be on your way to becoming an expert at pumping at work. So give yourself a huge pat on the back for making the healthiest choice for you and your baby. There will undoubtedly be some challenges, but in the end, it's worth every last drop.

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