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Breastfeeding and Working: How to Manage the Transition Back to Work

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Breastfeeding and Working: How to Manage the Transition Back to Work

Navigating Motherhood After Maternity Leave

Returning to work after maternity leave can be a challenging time, especially for breastfeeding mothers. Balancing the demands of your job with the needs of your baby requires careful planning and support.

At Antelope Valley Medical Center (AVMC), we are committed to supporting mothers through this transition. That’s why we’ve outlined some tips to help manage your return to work while continuing to breastfeed. For additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.

Start Planning Early

Planning ahead can make the transition smoother. Consider discussing your breastfeeding plans with your employer before you go on maternity leave. This will give you a chance to discuss potential accommodations like a private space for pumping and flexible break times.

Practice Makes Perfect

Before you return to work, practice expressing milk and bottle-feeding it to your baby. This can help your baby get used to the bottle and ensure that you're comfortable with the pumping process. It can also allow for a more gradual transition to make it easier for your baby to adjust.

Invest in a Good Breast Pump

A good quality, efficient breast pump can make all the difference when you're trying to maintain your milk supply while working. You may also want to consider a model that's portable and discreet for use at work.

Store Your Milk Safely

Learn how to store and handle your breast milk properly to keep it safe for your baby. The CDC provides helpful guidelines on how to store breast milk safely, including temperature guidelines and container recommendations.

Maintain Your Health

Remember to take care of yourself. Staying hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet can help maintain your milk supply. Rest when you can and try to reduce stress where possible.

At AVMC, our Women and Infants Pavilion is a beacon of support for breastfeeding mothers. We provide a nurturing environment complete with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure both mother and baby receive the best possible care.

Our team of lactation consultants is always available to offer advice and support to breastfeeding mothers, helping them overcome any challenges they might face. We also understand the importance of community and offer a plethora of resources, such as events, news updates, and a comprehensive patient portal for easy access to information.

Remember, every mother's journey is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. For more information or to consult with us, please schedule an appointment online or at 661-726-6210 today. We are here to guide you through your breastfeeding journey, making your transition back to work as smooth as possible.