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Breastfeeding at Work

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

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Deciding whether or not to breastfeed your newborn is a very personal choice every mom makes. Breastfeeding in an ideal form of nutrition for infants, but not all moms can breastfeed. Pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard says it is important to realize if you can’t or choose not to breastfeed, the nutritional needs of infants can be met by formula.

If you do choose to breastfeed and you are a working mom, you will quickly realize that there is a balance you have to find between working, feeding and/or pumping.

“It’s sort of getting past the trepidation of ‘oh my gosh, am I going to pump enough milk, what’s she going to eat while I’m gone’ because you haven’t given her a bottle and you don’t know how much she eats. There’s that feat of ‘I only pumped 4 ounces, she’s going to starve!’ But once you get into a routine and realize how many times per day you need to do it, you can schedule your meetings around the times you need to pump. It’s really not that hard,” says new mom Nikki Nite.

“About two weeks before I went back to work, I incorporated a bottle about once a day just to help her along and really to help myself so I wouldn’t be so worried that I would go to work and she wouldn’t eat,” says Nikki.

Dr. Hubbard emphasizes that it is important to plan ahead. “A couple of weeks before returning to work, ask yourself ‘what kind of job do I have, what’s my day going to look like, how many times am I going to be able to nurse realistically and will I be able to nurse before work?’” she says. The key is to be prepared before you return to work and to realize that if it doesn’t work out, your your-baby will still thrive by eating formula.

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