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Going Back to Work

by Lynn
(Canada)

Visitor Question:

I am going back to work and I will only be able to pump once each shift. Can I still breastfeed?

Breastfeeding Magazine Response:

Of course you can breastfeed when going back to work...it just may take a little more effort.

Many moms have the same problem.

First, I would try to arrange a way that you CAN try to pump more. Can you talk to your boss and try to work something out?

Second, make sure you feed your baby right before you leave and right when you return. This will keep your breast milk supply up.

No matter what...just remember that some breast milk is better than none. If you end up needing to supplement, your baby will still benefit from breastfeeding and your breast milk at all other feedings!

For more helpful hints on going back to work and keeping up your breast milk supply, see The Working Moms section of this site.

Good luck!



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