Having a baby is an exciting time in a family's life as it is a life changing experience. Some mothers decide to start working after they have their little one and other do not have a choice. They must work full time in order to make a decent income for the family.
While it is possible to be a breastfeeding mom and go back to work full time, it is difficult. With a few suggestions you can successfully become a breastfeeding mom even while you work. In every state in the U.S., it is the law that the employer has to provide a breastfeeding mom with enough breaks and a private place to pump while at work.
You can bring along breast milk storage bags to place all of the pumped milk into. Just make sure you keep it in the work refrigerator or in your lunch bag with ice packs until you get home. Don't forget to label the bags with how many ounces were pumped and what date it was pumped on. As soon as you get home, make sure the milk goes into the freezer immediately to be stored for future use. It is a smart idea to sort it out by date with the oldest milk to be used first and the newer milk in the back. In a regular freezer, breast milk is good for 3-6 months. If you have a deep chest freezer, it can be stored for up to 12 months.
Most insurance companies will provide the mom with a pump whether it is electric or manual. The insurance company will provide you with a brand new pump every 4 years if you need it. If your insurance doesn't supply you with a pump, you can purchase a manual pump for a low cost elsewhere.
As you know, breast milk provides all the antibodies a baby needs to fight off any sickness. Your baby can still get all the nutrients they need through pumped milk. However, if you still want that bonding time between mom and baby you can still nurse baby even when you pump for them throughout the day. Make the morning and evening hours time for mommy and baby to snuggle and bond together.
You need to do what is best for you and your baby. If pumping is just too much to deal with while working, it is not a big deal if you have to supplement formula. It is important not to feel down on yourself or guilty about needing to use formula if you have to. Even if you can get a little bit of mother's milk into your baby and if you need to supplement just a little bit of formula, it really is not a big deal. You still are providing your baby with the best start in life.
If your employer gives you a hard time about pumping while you are at work, please take legal action. It is absolutely illegal for them to deny you this right.