If you are one of the many women around the world trying to juggle providing the very best nutrition for your baby while still maintaining a career, you have likely come across a variety of roadblocks along the way. Despite recent improvements by many employers in this arena, the world isn’t exactly tailored to assist the pumping mama. Still, many mothers truly wish to continue pumping to ensure their child is receiving the very best.
For this reason, we have put together a list of helpful tips and tricks for new moms who are just learning the ropes of pumping at work.
Request a Private Space: As of March 2010, employers are required to provide a private space and plenty of break time for working mothers to pump. This is a wonderful law that is certain to encourage more mothers to breastfeed their little ones.
Be sure to take full advantage of this law by making it known that you will be pumping at work and requesting a private space specifically. This space will make you more comfortable while pumping and allow you to relax and therefore pump more milk each session.
Pack the Essentials: If you will be pumping at work, it is important to bring not only your breast pump, but also all the little things needed to go along with it. This should include breast milk storage bags and/or bottles, an insulated lunch bag, and ice packs for keeping your milk cold during transport.
Invest in Quality: Pumping on a daily basis can become very tiresome if you are using a poor-quality pump that leaves you uncomfortable or in pain. Instead of enduring those negative feelings which are bound to shorten the length of time you continue breastfeeding, invest in a high-quality breast pump.
Consider a Pumping Bra: Sometimes it is nice to have your hands free when pumping in order to get some work done or read a book. For this reason, nifty pumping bras such as this one are amazing inventions. Consider purchasing one if you like to multitask or you feel that frequent pumping breaks might put you behind on your work.
Not sure which products you need to successfully pump at work? Please contact us today! We would love to get you set up with the appropriate supplies.