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Breast Pumping Tips for New Moms Returning to Work

Embracing this New Journey with Confidence


Returning to work as a new working mom is a significant transition, especially when you’re committed to continuing breastfeeding. Pumping breast milk at the workplace might seem daunting at first, but with the right preparation and mindset, it can become a smoothly integrated part of your daily routine. Here are some invaluable tips to help you navigate this journey.


1. Plan Ahead: Start pumping and storing your breast milk a few weeks before you return to work. This helps build a reserve and gets both you and your little one used to the bottle.


2. Communicate with Your Employer: Transparency is key. Discuss your breast pumping needs with your employer to ensure you get the necessary breaks and a private space for pumping.


3. Establish a Pumping Schedule: Mimic your baby's feeding schedule as closely as possible. Regular pumping not only maintains your milk supply but also prevents discomfort from engorgement.


4. Choose the Right Breast Pump: An efficient, high-quality breast pump is a game-changer for working moms. Electric double pumps are a popular choice for their speed and effectiveness. We highly recommend Spectra S1 or S2 as a primary pump for daily use and the Momcozy M5  as a wearable pump when you are on the go.


5. Storage and Handling: Learn how to safely store and transport your breast milk. Keep it refrigerated or in a cooler with ice packs until you can get it home.


6. Stay Hydrated and Nourished: Your body needs extra hydration and nutrition to produce milk, so drink plenty of water and maintain a balanced diet.


7. Dress Appropriately: Opt for clothing that provides easy access for pumping, like nursing tops or dresses with front openings.


8. Practice and Patience: Adjusting to pumping at work takes time. Be patient and allow yourself to adapt to this new routine.


9. Cleanliness is Crucial: Keeping your pumping equipment clean is essential. Having extra pump parts at work can be a huge time-saver.


10. Find Your Tribe: Connect with other breastfeeding moms for support. Organizations like East Coast Baby Co offer wonderful resources and communities for working mothers.


11. Relaxation Techniques: Stress can impact your milk supply. Try deep breathing or listening to calming music while pumping to relax.


12. Be Flexible: Some days will be more challenging than others. Maintain a flexible and positive approach to handle any situation that comes your way.


Breastfeeding as a working mom is a journey filled with its unique challenges and rewards. Remember that every mom's experience is different, and what matters most is finding a rhythm that works for you and your baby. For additional support and resources, don't hesitate to reach out to organizations like East Coast Baby Co, which are dedicated to supporting mothers like you in this beautiful phase of life.


Embrace this new chapter with confidence, knowing you're doing an incredible job!


xoxo,

Laura

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