Picture yourself returning to the office, juggling work and a little one at home – all while trying to maintain a healthy breastfeeding routine. If these all sound a little daunting, you’re not alone. Many working mothers in Singapore and around the world face this challenge, but with the right tools and support, you can make it work.
With the help of our lactation specialist, we’ve compiled some tips and advice to help you navigate this journey successfully.
Choose the Right Breast Pump and Build a Milk Stash
A crucial first step in making breastfeeding work while working is selecting a suitable breast pump. Invest in a high-quality, efficient pump that suits your needs and schedule. Before you return to work, start building up a breast milk stash by pumping and storing extra milk. This will ensure your baby has enough nourishment while you’re away and eases the transition for the both of you.
A portable electric breast pump will be a good friend during your maternity leave as well as when you’re back in office. It’s efficient and convenient – perfect for discreet pumping at your workstation. The Duette Dual Electric Breast Pump is a popular breast pump for working mothers not just for its lightweight stature, but also its ability to customise speeds and suction levels.
Finding a Private Space to Pump at Work
Speak with your employer about a private, clean space for pumping at work. Today, many companies in Singapore are supportive about breastfeeding and will likely help you find a suitable spot. You can also survey the office before you give birth to shortlist some locations.
Once you’ve identified the place where you’ll be pumping, start putting together a pumping kit. The kit should contain your breast pump, of course, and also other accessories such as storage bags, water bottle for that extra hydration, a picture of your baby to help kickstart letdown, and perhaps some milk supply booster supplements or breastfeeding teas. Remember, a comfortable environment plays a crucial role in maintaining milk supply while pumping.
Communicate With Your Employer
Open communication is key to ensuring a smooth transition back to work while continuing to breastfeed. Start the conversation with your employer well before your return, outlining your breastfeeding needs and intentions. This proactive approach will help you work together to find feasible solutions for pumping and storing milk at work.
Consider sharing information about the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child, emphasising its importance for your baby's health and well-being. Additionally, a lactation consultant home visit before you return to work can help you develop a plan tailored to your specific workplace and schedule.
Plan, Prepare, and Lean on Your Lactation Consultant
Planning and preparation are essential for a sustainable breastfeeding routine while working. Schedule regular pumping sessions to maintain milk supply and prevent engorgement. Reach out to a breastfeeding and lactation consultant to troubleshoot any issues that may arise and receive valuable guidance in navigating the logistics of breastfeeding and working.
Lactation consultant services in Singapore, such as those offered by Legendairy Milk, can play a significant role in ensuring your breastfeeding journey remains successful even while working.
Your Partner in Breastfeeding Success
Breastfeeding while working can be challenging, but with the right support and resources, you can make it a rewarding experience. Our breastfeeding and lactation consultants at Legendairy Milk in Singapore are here to help you overcome obstacles and find solutions tailored to your unique situation.
Breast is best, and we want to make it work for you – even when you’re back to work. Feeding your baby is no easy feat, and we’re committed to supporting you every step of the way. Schedule a consultation with our lactation specialist, or explore our range of products designed for breastfeeding mothers at every stage today.