Pumping at Work: Tips and Must-Haves
Oh back to work mamas! After 4 months out with my little girl, I am back to work and that means pumping at work too. Sometimes I feel like a pro, other days I feel like I’m not pumping enough. The struggle is real!
My first piece of advice if you will be pumping at work is to practice pumping before you go! No one needs the added stress of trying to figure it all out the firs time around, in between meetings and conference calls!
Thanks to the ACA you can get a free breast pump through your insurer, so make sure you get one early on and practice while on leave so you get comfortable with it. I got a Medela pump through my insurer. I also have a manual pump which I also recommend you get… you can read all about why I love my manual pump here.
Build a stash of emergency milk. Before I went back to work, I started pumping and freezing milk, bags of about 2-3 oz each. This will help if I ever don’t produce enough milk, I can unfreeze the milk. (But make sure to add to the stash if you unfreeze). I like these Lansinoh bags for storage.
Know your rights! You have the right to time to express milk, and you have the right to pump in a place OTHER THAN THE BATHROOM. Read more about break time for nursing mothers here.
Figure out where you will pump before you go to work. If you can, try to find out what facilities are available before your first day back, that way, you will not be stressing out about this on the first day back. Pumping at work shouldn’t be stressful, but many time it is, and stress can harm milk production.
Another great accessory to consider getting is a Hands-free bustier: This is a great one from Medela.
Mamas, pumping at work is hard work! Don’t get discouraged! I share snippets of my pumping journey on my IG stories, make sure to follow me on Instagram and feel free to reach out if you have questions or support!
Ok this is a very rare pic… here I am #breastfeeding my little girl… with my firstborn I was very shy and wouldn’t breastfeed in public – but now I’m a LOT more relaxed about it… because it’s normal and part of nature, right? I’m still a bit shy when it comes to doing it in front of people that I know- because it is a bit awkward, but in public, like the park? Or the subway? Sure (and yes I’ve actually done that!) if you have an issue with women breastfeeding in public and not with the sexualized images of women you have a problem, not the women who are breastfeeding. What’s the craziest place you’ve ever #breastfed?#normalizebreastfeeding #lactancia #mommymilk #momlife #mkbkids #motherhood #momsofinstagram