We've all been through this dilemma once. Being a full-time mother or advancing my career? There is no doubt that both positions are equally important, so choosing just one involves making many sacrifices that are sometimes unfeasible.
However, it doesn't have to be a black-and-white situation. To all those new moms who read to us, it's not the end of the world if you need to start in the office. That's why we're going to give you some practical tips so that you don't confuse heels with bottles:
A breast pump may be the best method for quickly removing milk during work. Familiarising yourself with the breast pump and deciding which preservation/freezing containers to use is the best way to start preparing yourself. Start researching the different breast pump options available and make the best decision for your goals and situation .Add a mini fridge or a cooler bag to the shopping cart to store the milk you pump.
Make a small milk bank
While your baby is breastfeeding, it is best to feed only on breast milk. If work can't wait, try to make a "milk bank" with enough food for the day.
How do you know how much milk your baby drinks each day? Simple. Make a minimum reservation of 150cc. Divide it into bottles equivalent to one meal every three hours. According to their habits, you will know how much you will have to extract the next day.
ORGanize bottles by day
Just as you organize your time in the office, you should also regulate your baby's breastfeeding. Identify the containers per day and try to use the freshest milk.
So, the milk you take out on Monday will work for Tuesday, Tuesday for Wednesday and so on. If you have a little left over from the previous day, you can mix it with the newest without problems to complete a drink.
WHAT if I start producing less milk?
Breast milk production depends on nipple stimulation (more sucking, more milk).
It is true that breast pumps are not as effective in stimulating as a baby. However, breast milk does not magically disappear, and even if your child suckles only once a day, you will produce milk for that feed. Breastfeeding directly on weekends helps regenerate production. Don’t forget that while working use fresh milk! Try not to miss any pump times and let your employer know that this is important to you. If the schedule that you had planned isn’t working, come up with a new plan together that will meet both of your needs. The law says that your employer must allow you to pump as often as you need to.
And how are they going to give him the milk?
Remember, breastfeeding is good for a lot of reasons. When you nurse your baby after a long day apart, he will reconnect with you and feel comforted. Even if you are also using some formula, breastfeeding during the times you and your baby are together is still very important to your and your baby’s relationship.