A serious pregnancy complication sent first-time mom Missy Boss into an emergency cesarean section; by the time she delivered, her blood pressure was at pre-stroke levels. In the 56 hours after coming home from the hospital with her son, Boss never slept. Missy decided to give it a try. Exclusive pumping—feeding your baby only breast milk, only from a bottle—is traditionally the territory of mothers whose babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit or otherwise medically unable to suckle directly at the breast.
Pumping Breast Milk at Work: Tips for Working Moms
Is your back-to-work date fast approaching? And with federal and state laws that protect your right to pump at work, as well as an increased awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding, working without weaning is easier than ever. While it may seem expensive, a good pump will make your pumping sessions easier, faster and more productive—and by law, your health insurance provider is required to cover the cost of breast-pump rentals or purchases in part or in full. About 2 or 3 weeks before your back-to-work date, start trading one daily nursing session for a pumping session while your baby feeds from a bottle. Increase these substitute sessions as you near your start date for more pumping practice and to get baby used to more time at the bottle. Start by pinpointing which features are most important for you when you head back to work—for example:.
If you're breastfeeding your child, do you have a right to pump milk at work? Under federal law, the answer is a rather complicated "maybe. Although many workplaces now provide lactation rooms and staggered breaks for breastfeeding mothers, they're often doing so voluntarily as a good business practice to help retain female employees and not as a matter of law. And a good business practice it is.
Even if you have a supportive employer, you may be concerned about aspects of breast pumping at work. Will your co-workers understand your regular breaks? Will you be able to have privacy? The good news is, with good communication and planning, you can make expressing at work a success for you, your employer and your baby.