Breastfeeding mom, are you ready for a break? Are you dreaming of a night out without your baby, or a night of sleep? Are you returning to work soon?
First of all, congratulations on exclusively breastfeeding your baby! That is a huge accomplishment and you deserve a medal! But now, you may have some questions about introducing a bottle to your breastfed baby.
These tips are not meant to be rules, or make you feel guilty if you do bottle feeding a different way. They are just meant for you to pick what works for you to make bottle feeding easy and pleasant for you and your baby.
Keeping it Safe
For Babies who are Like, Nah, I Only Eat from the Breast!
If your baby is not taking a bottle, try these tips:
Keep it Fun!
Pumping at work is a big source of stress and worry with new moms. Most employees are protected by law to pump breastmilk while at work and must be provided with time for pumping and a clean, private place to pump that is not a bathroom.
Breastfeeding women are tremendous assets to their employers; they are organized, hard workers, creative, and motivated. Most importantly, their babies tend to be sick less often than formula feeding babies, which keeps mom at work instead of taking sick days.
Skipping pumping sessions can be painful, can lead to mastitis, and can put mom's milk supply at risk. NPR recently posted this article about missing pumping at work. Perhaps it will help your boss and co-workers understand how important it is for you to get a break to pump.
I am available to help you make a plan for returning to work. Contact me for an appointment and I will help you feel confident and ready to return to work.
Beth Sanders, BSN, RN, IBCLC