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Tips on breastfeeding for working mothers

This is a discussion on Tips on breastfeeding for working mothers within the Year 2014 Mummy forum, part of the Mummy Meeting Place category; Hi everyone, I'm a first timer mother who will return to work after my maternity leave. However, I hope to ...

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    Female Attendant
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    Red face Tips on breastfeeding for working mothers

    Hi everyone, I'm a first timer mother who will return to work after my maternity leave. However, I hope to continue to breastfeed my son till he is at least 6 months old. Does anyone have tips on milk storage, convenience ideas etc? I would appreciate any sharing of experience. Thanks.

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    Re: Tips on breastfeeding for working mothers

    For my first pregnancy, I continued to express breast milk at work till my son was 8months old. I had enough inventory to last him till he was 13mths.

    Does your workplace have a nursing room and fridge? I think to be able to express breast milk at work, you need to have an understanding boss and a conducive environment for pumping. Coz you will need time in between work when you have to be excused to do 'mummy duties', and you need to feel comfortable to have your milk let-down faster. For me, I invested in a double pump after I started work (coz the single pump that I bought initially took me 45mins to finish pumping both sides, wash up and all) The double pump shortened my pumping sessions to 15-20mins!

    For storage, I bought a dedicated deep freezer to store all my ebm. Each packet of breast milk is dated and consumed from oldest stock first. I used nanny milk storage bags that I purchased from food for totz. Everyday at work, I freeze the ebm immediately after expressing, in my office pantry's fridge (I keep the filled ebm bags in a plastic container in an opaque plastic bag to be discrete) Then after work I bring home in a cooler bag with reusable ice blocks (bought from Daiso at $2 each!) and continue to deep freeze.

    And if you need to pump several times at work, some time-efficiency tips include:
    * Buy 1-2 spare sets of pump parts (funnel, membranes etc) so you dont't have to wash up after each time. Just use a clean set for each session, then bring home to wash and sterilise at the end of the day)
    * Put the full set of pump parts (without dismantling) in a clean and sealed tupperware container and freeze/fridge the whole thing immediately after each pumping session. Take out to reuse directly for the next pumping session. (I didn't try this method myself coz I prefer to use clean pump parts everytime, it was an idea from another mummy friend of mine)

    I continued to latch my son at night when I am with him, to bond with him and also to continue stimulating my supply. There are lots of things to carry to and from work everyday...but to be able to give my son breast milk was rewarding and definitely worth it! He only tasted his first formula milk in his 8th month, and was totally weaned off breast milk in his 13th month. I thought that was the most satisfying thing for me as a first time mummy.

    Hope my sharing helps! All the best in your breastfeeding...!
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    how to reheat ebm on the go re-heat the packaged ebm?

    hi mommies
    i will be due soon and wondering what are the ways to reheat the packed ebm when bringing baby out onn the go?
    i have a medela carry bag with cooler bag and four bottles.and a.blue cool pack provided but i dont.know.how to reheat on the go

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    Re: Tips on breastfeeding for working mothers

    Hi mummy, I think apart from just juggling work and breastfeeding, it is super important to take care of your health too!!

    My mom actually adds this product into my sister's food, she just gave birth last August and works hard too - Huiji Waist Tonic.
    She often adds those into her soups, vege and meat dishes, and makes her carry a small bottle to add into her own food if she eats out at work.
    It is apparently really good, helps to replenish the body, non alcohol, 100% vegetarian, natural cane sugar, and if you are muslim, it is halal certified too!
    And it is ok to consume for breastfeeding moms

    Just thought its a great recipe secret to share. I have some new mummies colleagues too and I often tell them about this and they love it!

    Salute to all hardworking mummies out there!

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