08 Jun Back to work
For most women, going back to work is bittersweet. On one hand, you get to have healthy, adult conversation, but on the other hand, finding a good solution to child care can be daunting. Some women have access to a house keeper or in-home caretaker that gets to focus on just your little one, but other women send their children to daycare. Making the decision on which option is best for you and your family is the key to peace of mind when going back into the workplace.
If you are a breastfeeding mother, you do not have to stop breastfeeding before going back to work, unless, you have met your breastfeeding goal, and want to stop nursing. It is definitely a personal choice. The AAP, (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends six months exclusive breastfeeding, but in reality, for some women, it is not that easy to accomplish. If you do not want to stop breastfeeding, you have a few options. One, breastfeed only at night time or two, pump and tote! Most places in the Bahamas and now the United States have no problem allowing a little extra time for a nursing mother to pump. Quite frankly, the breastfeeding, breast milk, and any discussion about your breasts is a little uncomfortable for most bosses that are men. My advice would be to find a female supervisor to explain your breastfeeding goals, or just discreetly ask your male superior for a few extra minutes during the day to pump. In fact, the United States prevents “Lactation Discrimination” in the work place. Under the U.S. law, it states, “firing a woman because she is lactating or expressing milk is unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978).”
If pumping is your choice, then GET A GOOD PUMP. There is nothing more frustrating than having an agenda to pump, within a certain time frame, and the pump does not work well. Although, pump output is never an indication of how much milk is in your breasts, you want to have a reliable pump that will express the most milk. There are a few good pumps out there that come with the storage bottles and some even with a trendy bag and cooler for storage. The cooler is a great idea that will allow you to keep and store your breast milk discretely. After all, you don’t want anyone goggling at your precious liquid gold! If you are not sure on the whole pumping at work thing, and you want to only breastfeed at night, that’s fine. Some breast milk is better than NO breast milk. You will still be providing benefits and beneficial bonding between you and your baby. And remember, if you breastfed a little or not at all, as long as you made the best decision for you and your baby, that’s all that matters. We support all mothers! If you are going back to work soon, take it one day at a time, figure out what you want to do, and it will get easier.
Love & Hugs,