Are you planning on breastfeeding? While nursing your infant is a natural act and ability that a mother has, it takes a lot of planning, a bit of know-how, some support, and even some shopping. If you plan to continue to breastfeed after returning to work you will likely be throwing a breast pump into the mix, adding even more moving parts (literally!).
While there is a lot to figure out, breastfeeding is a highly rewarding part of being a new mother and is highly beneficial to infants. To help get you started on the right foot we have created a primer for you on how to prepare for breastfeeding during your pregnancy, how to shop for the best supplies, practical tips on getting started with nursing, and tips on pumping at work. Good luck!
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While it may be a natural act, breastfeeding doesn’t necessarily come naturally to many women. Taking the time to get educated on how to be prepared will go a long way in setting yourself up for success. Here are some of our tips on navigating nursing once your baby arrives:
Just when you start to get comfortable with breastfeeding your little one it will be time to start getting comfortable using a pump. Welcome to the ever-changing world of motherhood!
If you want to continue breastfeeding after returning to work, pumping is a great option. It will ensure that your precious one continues to get all of the nutritional benefits from your breastmilk and will also keep your supply flowing. It also provides the option to leave home without the baby and get some valuable ME time.
There is almost as much to learn about pumping as there is breastfeeding. Here are five things to help get you started:
Breast milk should be stored in clean, new glass or BPA-free containers with air-tight lids and should hold just the amount for one feeding. To store, label with a waterproof marker the name of your baby and the date and time the milk was expressed before adding it to the back of the fridge (the coldest area). The milk can then be kept in the fridge for up to five days, though three is ideal.
Breast milk can be stored in the freezer for up to 12 months and in an insulated container for one day.
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