Breastfeeding is one of the first of the many interactions a mom has with her newborn. No wonder breastfeeding becomes an emotion for most moms as they sail in this beautiful journey of motherhood. It is exactly why breast milk can be referred to as liquid gold. All because it is nothing short of a treasure as it is the only exclusive food taken by a baby during the first six months of his life.
While a lot of women take a break of at least six months before they join back work, there are others who have to resume after four months. This, in turn, leaves most new moms stressed and worried at the same time. One of the first things which leave a woman perplexed and worried is how is the child’s feed going to be managed? Since there is nothing with which breast milk can be replaced for the first six months or so, it makes things a bit difficult for the mom who is resuming work post a maternity break.
so, the next time you see a woman resuming work within a few weeks of her delivery, just remember that a lot goes behind at home. In other words, it is nothing less than arriving every day to work with a heavy heart. More than anything, it is a plethora of emotions which races through a woman’s mind when she leaves her little bundle of joy at home under supervision.
Thus it is always said breastfeeding is not an activity, it is an emotion.
Here are some tips which can make things easy as you resume work when your little one is still breastfeeding.
1. BREAST PUMPS
Ask any mom who resumed work within a few weeks, and she will tell you that the breast pump is nothing short of a blessing to her. Breast pumps have been a savior for working moms across the world. For a comfortable journey and to ensure you do not have any troubles when you resume work, start pumping milk as soon as 10-15 days post the birth of your baby. This will ensure that you get comfortable with pumping milk gradually. It also makes sure that your baby latches on to bottles in the same way as the breast.
2. PUMP & STORE
Always remember your body produces more milk, the more you express it. In other words, it works on the concept of supply and demand. So the more you express, the more are chances that you are going to have a good supply throughout your breastfeeding journey. Freshly expressed milk can be stored for an optimum time of five days in the refrigerator so expressing and storing should not be an issue.
3. LOOK FOR A DAYCARE OR A SUPPORT IN THE FORM OF A FAMILY MEMBER AT HOME
Since you are joining back work pretty soon, it is important to have a support either at home or at a daycare. Explain to them, about your commitment to breastfeeding. Talk with them about how to feed the little one, and take care of storage and other options when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene.
4. A PREP BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY RESUME WORK
We always prepare well for the D- day before major milestones on our life- right? Then why not do a certain kind of trial run before the D-day approaches. Start planning a few days before and try a run up to the office. For this, you have to prepare everything a night before, to ensure you reach your workplace well on time!