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HOME VISITING: Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work

 

You know you need to go back to work. You also know you need to keep breastfeeding your little one. So how do you juggle both? Breastfeeding has many benefits for mom and baby. Your home visitor can help you prepare for pumping at work.  Here are some topics that you can cover with your home visitor:

 What it Takes – Talk with your home visitor about how often you should pump at work. Ask them to go over the basics of pumping breast milk.

Review Rules and Regulations – Your employer should provide reasonable accommodations for employees that are breastfeeding. Your employer can provide a space, other than the bathroom, for you to pump.

Talking to Your Employer – Your home visitor can prepare you to talk with your employer about your return. Things like the private space you need to pump and proper refrigeration should be part of the conversation.

Breastfeeding is beneficial for you, your baby, and your employer. Together, you and your home visitor can make a plan to make your breastfeeding transition easier. To enroll in home visiting, dial 211 and ask for a local home-visiting program.