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How to Find Balance while being a Breastfeeding Working Mom

The Challenges of Being a Breastfeeding Working Mom

Breastfeeding and working is a challenging combination. Women who manage to do both deserve respect and admiration. It also has an emotional impact on us as mothers. When I returned to work, I found it difficult to balance my professional responsibilities with my commitment to breastfeeding. The doubts and questions about how my boss and colleagues would react to my pumping breaks were overwhelming. However, it’s crucial to remember that it’s your right as a breastfeeding mom to provide the best for your baby.

Communicating with Your Boss

One of the first steps in balancing work and nursing is to have an open conversation with your boss. Explain your needs and reassure them that you’ll manage your workload effectively. Remember, you’re entitled to take breaks for pumping, and many employers are supportive of breastfeeding moms.

Creating a Pumping Schedule

To minimize disruptions to your workday, create a pumping schedule that aligns with your baby’s feeding times. I personally pump once at work, which allows me to maintain my milk supply and stay focused on my job. Find what works best for you and your baby, and stick to the routine.

Finding a Private Space to Pump

It’s essential to have a private, comfortable space to pump at work. In my case, I have a separate room where I can pump without distractions. Check with your employer if they can provide a designated lactation room or a private space for you to use during your pumping breaks.

Storing Your Pumped Milk

Ensure you have a proper storage solution for your pumped milk, such as a cooler bag with ice packs or access to a refrigerator. This will keep your milk fresh and safe for your baby until you return home.

Remaining Flexible and Adapting to Challenges

Balancing work and breastfeeding can be tough, but it’s essential to remain flexible and adapt to any challenges that arise. Be prepared to adjust your pumping schedule, handle work emergencies, or deal with unexpected changes in your baby’s routine.

Embrace Your Journey

Breastfeeding and working can be a difficult but rewarding journey. Remember that you’re doing the best for your baby, and it’s your right to continue breastfeeding while working. By communicating openly with your employer, creating a pumping schedule, and finding a private space to pump, you can successfully balance your professional and personal responsibilities. Stay strong, and know that you’re an incredible mom!

Please note that I speak from personal experience. For substantiated information, we always recommend that you take a look at the ICEA.

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Adventure-loving mom blogger. Breastfeeding from December ’21. Sharing her insight on pregnancy and motherhood while embracing a healthy & active lifestyle. 

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