Pump It: Essentials To Breastfeed As A Working Mom
Working moms have to balance a lot and it’s a good idea to invest in items and do things that will make your life easier. Once you decide to breastfeed, there are things you will have to set up but remember to be flexible and not to beat yourself up if you have to go off of your plan because motherhood is naturally unpredictable.
The first thing you can do is become best friends with your breast pump. Using the breast pump the first couple times takes some adjusting and can even hurt at first. Your milk won’t come if you’re stressed so try and relax before using it and try not to get discouraged if you only get a little milk the first couple times.
The next step is figuring out where you will pump at work and to talk to your employer so that they understand you may have to take 15 minute breaks to breastfeed a few times a day. At night make sure you pack your lunch, your breast pump and storage bottles, and layout your work clothes to make your morning routine easier.
A single breast pump is great if you are pressed for time and need to feed the baby on one side and pump on the other.
Sometimes you save money if you buy a breast pump that comes with nipple pads and other accessories all in one.