Being a mom is already a job in itself, a difficult one to say the least. With working moms having an actual paying job on top of their mommy and wife duties, how exactly do they even find time to breastfeed?
We talked to working moms and asked them their secrets! After all, we are all in awe of their time management skills, breastfeeding techniques, and how they emerge fulfilled at the end of the day.
Here are their top tips!
Tip #1: Know the 101 on Breastfeeding
Working moms who breastfeed know one thing to be true: they know more hacks and tips about breastfeeding. Imagine having an officemate who suddenly disappears every two hours and reappears with a small, white bottle filled with breast milk. Knowing the different breastfeeding practices and getting your baby to warm up to both the nipple and the feeding bottle certainly helps!
Tip #2: Make the Breast Pump Your BFF
A working breastfeeding mom almost always has two non-work-related things in her bag: a storage bottle and a breast pump. A good breast pump makes breastfeeding easier, faster, and definitely more convenient, even when at work. Find time to check out the type of breast pump that will work for you, read reviews, and get tips from other moms before settling on one.
Tip #3: Commit to a Breast-pumping Schedule
It can be challenging to express milk under stress, and working breast-pumping moms who have demanding jobs constantly this on a daily basis. How exactly do you fit in breastfeeding in between reports, meetings, not to mention commute? With the right, carefully-crafted plan, you can make it happen. Create your own schedule and stick to it; this allows you to organize your overall schedule, which gives you time for your baby and work.
Tip #4: Invest on a Hands-Free Nursing Bra
For moms who breastfeed, being hands-on is a must, but it doesn’t have to keep you from accomplishing other tasks like taking a call or reviewing a document. Getting a hands-free nursing bra will allow you to work and breastfeed at the same time. Now who says you can’t work and nourish your baby hands-free at the same time?
Tip #5: Carefully Plan Your Leaves
They used to be wants, but now they have become part of your needs as a working breastfeeding mom, especially if you have a full-time job. Plan it carefully, align it with holidays, and you’ll soon be surprised to know you have three free days instead of two! More time for your baby and the rest of your family, too.
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