It’s always difficult to find that balance when you return to work as a mum. Your priorities and identity and have gone through a major transition. You might have mixed feelings such as guilt at ‘leaving’ your little one, positive about a new challenge, daunted at the prospect of managing your time or enthusiastic to resume your career…and sometimes all of these in one hour!
The decision to continue feeding your baby breastmilk while working has its own unique benefits and challenges. Expressing or pumping means that your baby continues to receive the nutrition and goodness of breastmilk and allows you to continue breastfeeding as well. The challenge is finding the time, space and peace to express milk in the workplace, in order to maintain your supply and provide milk for your bub.
Here are some helpful tips to assist you in easing your way back into the workforce, while continuing to breastfeed and express milk:
It seems like a lot to start with but it does get easier as you get used to a new routine. Make sure that you give yourself enough time and space to express and that you use your lunch break for, I don’t know, actually eating some lunch!
Make sure you are clear about your needs in the beginning and that your employer is supportive. According to the Federal Sex Discrimination Act, it’s illegal to discriminate against a woman on the basis that she is breastfeeding. Employers must make reasonable attempts to accommodate you if you want to breastfeed or express milk while at work.
Good luck as you return to work and remember that you have the hardest job on the planet – working mum – and it might not always feel like it, but you are doing a great job!