Choosing to breastfeed your child takes a lot of hard work and dedication. That's why we want to help out the amazing mums who choose to pump at work!
Mums nowadays are pretty busy, and while there are mums who resign from their jobs to take care of their baby full-time, it’s not always an option for mums who also work to support their family.
Regardless, breastfeeding your child is still very important, so some mothers get a breast pump and do the pumping at work so that once they get home, their kids will have a good supply of breast milk.
Here are some quick tips from mums on ParentTown about breastfeeding at work:
1. Wear comfortable clothing
According to mummy Yuna Liz, “At my old work place, we wore uniforms that were button down tops; my then mummy colleagues never had any trouble pumping at work.”
Agreed. It’s much easier to pump at work if the clothes you’re wearing are conducive for breastfeeding. It’s important to note that when buying dresses and clothing made for breastfeeding, you should know if they can be used for dual pumping, or single pumping as some mothers prefer to dual pump (pump both breasts) to get more milk for their little ones.
Another mum, Yin Xiu, shares : “For me dresses, button down tops and tube or spaghetti tops work best. I have a nursing room in my office so it’s easier as I won’t need to worry about being exposed unnecessarily.”
2. Pump early for your baby
Hui Qun Ng gives us some advice for mums that won’t be able to pump as often as they would like in the office: “If you are unable to pump as frequently at work, you may want to start 3-4 weeks earlier to build the supply. Just remember that stored milk generally can last for three months in the freezer.”
It’s best to always have a backup supply of breast milk on hand just in case you get too busy at work and you’re unable to take the time to pump. That way, your baby won’t suddenly run out of supply and you can keep giving your baby healthy breast milk!