Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Returning to work as a new mom is a daunting task. Luckily, many women have successfully made the same transition and have valuable insight to offer. With proper planning, open communication and a little flexibility, returning to work may be easier than it seems.

Plan Ahead

Making a plan before you return will alleviate stress and make the transition smoother. Some tips on how to plan are:

  1. Build up a supply of frozen breast milk.
  2. Plan on how often you will need to pump at work to ensure you have enough breastmilk for your baby while you are apart.
  3. Allocate time within your schedule specifically for pumping. Typically, women need to pump multiple times during the day to replace the amount of milk your baby needs while they are away from you.

Learn about JRBT Policies and Lactation Support

JRBT employees and shareholders are given paid break time for up to one year after their child’s birth to express breastmilk. Most women need two to three lactation breaks a day which typically last around 30-45 minutes. JRBT is committed to working with employees to create a schedule that accommodates these necessary breaks.

On the fourth floor, JRBT has created a dedicated lactation lounge which provides new mothers with a private space to express milk. Within the lounge, new parents have access to a lending library shelf, hospital-grade pump and a refrigerated space to store breastmilk. Located right outside of the room is a sink where employees can properly clean pump parts.

Planning Your Wardrobe

A wardrobe malfunction is the last thing a new mother wants to experience when they return to work. Below are two tips on what to wear on your first days back.

  1. A two-piece outfit with a loose-fitting top will be convenient for pumping.
  2. A printed top will conceal any leakages if your pumping gets delayed.

Finding a routine and plan that works best for you and your baby will significantly impact your return to work. Reach out to a lactation consultant, the hospital where you gave birth or other working moms who have valuable insights to share during this time. Before you know it, both you and your baby will get used to a new routine.

For more information on breastfeeding and returning to work, explore some of these websites:

Breastfeeding and Returning to Your Workplace

Office on Women’s Health: Breastfeeding and going back to work

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Working and Breastfeeding: La Leche League



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