Going Back To Work When Youíre Nursing
by: Sarah Veda
If youíre planning to return to work after your baby is
born, you may be concerned about managing both effectively. It is a time
consuming choice, but many women do continue nursing even after they go
back to work. And, in spite of the amount of time and dedication it requires,
most women who have tried it, have been happy that they did. Here are some
tips to help you manage the two successfully.
First, decide how youíre going to feed baby while youíre
away. Some women have the caretaker feed the baby formula; others express
breast milk for use while they are away. Either way, youíll need to get
your baby used to drinking from a bottle. At about six weeks old, introduce
at least one bottle a day, filled with breast milk or formula, depending
upon which you plan to use when you go back to work, at a time when you
will be working later. Also, be sure to have someone else feed the bottle
to the baby sometimes. This should help your baby get ready for the new
Once you return to work, youíll need to express milk
at work for feeding to your baby the next day, if you plan to supplement
with breast milk instead of formula. Be sure to figure out in advance where
youíll be able to nurse. Fortunately, more and more workplaces are creating
private areas for nursing mothers. Itís also wise to freeze some breast
milk before you go back to work, just in case you have a day at work that
is so harried that you find yourself unable to nurse.
When you return to work, be prepared for some adjustment
time for you and the baby. If possible, go back part time at first, to
make this adjustment easier for both of you. And, if you can wait until
baby is sixteen weeks old to go back, the adjustment to the feeding change
will be even easier, because the breastfeeding routine will be better established.
There are many good reasons for continuing to breastfeed
after returning to work. In addition to your babyís continued nutritional
benefit, you may also find that itís easier to return to work knowing that
you still have the close breastfeeding bond in the morning and evening.
Take it slow, work out the kinks, and you and baby should be well on your
way to a very rewarding situation.
About The Author
Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys
and one girl. She spent many years as a manager in the corporate world,
and gave it up to be a stay at home mom. Go to http://www.infantresources.com
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