Breastfeeding is a beautiful time for a mother and baby, and in the first few months of a baby's life many mothers breastfeed on demand. But when maternity leave ends and it is time to go back to work, many mothers are unsure of how to continue breastfeeding. Luckily, there are several ways to ensure that your baby is fed breast milk after you return to work. Use the following tips to make breastfeeding work when you have to be away from your baby:
Invest in a Quality Breast Pump
As a working mother who is breastfeeding, your breast pump will make a huge difference in how successful you are after returning to work. When you have a high quality breast pump, it is much easier to pump during working hours and keep your milk supply up. Ideally, you will want an electric pump since they tend to be more efficient than manual pumps. It is also a good idea to buy a pump with two attachments so you can pump from each breast at the same time. Some models of breast pumps can be used with special bras, which enables hands-free pumping. Before buying a breast pump, contact your health insurance company to see what types your plan may offer free of charge.
Have the Right Supplies on Hand
In addition to a breast pump, you will need additional supplies on hand at work. Plan on purchasing breast milk bags or bottles to store your milk after it is pumped. You may also want to purchase a bag for your breast pump to make it easy to transport if the model you have does not come with one. If you do not have easy access to a refrigerator at work, plan on getting a small cooler and ice packs to keep your breast milk at a safe temperature until you get home.
Plan on Extra Night Time Nursing Sessions
It is not uncommon for babies to want to nurse more in the evenings and at night after their mothers return to work. If possible, allow your baby to breastfeed on demand when you are home from work and on the weekends. While more frequent night time nursing sessions can be exhausting and disrupt your sleep, allowing your baby to nurse as much as he or she would like at night is a great way to keep your milk supply up after returning to work.
As an elderly care worker, I have witnessed the deaths of many individuals. I have seen family members become angry, sad, and completely silent at the end. I have also seen individuals refuse to see family members out of denial. People deal with death in different ways, and the strong emotions are often unfamiliar and scary. If you have a parent or grandparent who is elderly, then I want to share with you what I know about end of life care and dying process. We are a society that does not talk about death, and this can cause great pain when a family member dies. Learn about the process and find out how to deal with your own emotions and how to love your family members at the end. If there is only a small amount of time left, then I want you to cherish the final moments.