Working Moms and Breast Feeding

Posted by Lachmi Deb Roy on Thu, Aug 25, 2011  
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We all know that breast milk is best for kids, but when you join back office, it surely becomes difficult because you have to leave your child at home for six to eight hours. You get tensed up thinking how your child is going to manage without you and your milk.


When you know that you have to go back to work it is better that you establish a routine from the time your baby is born. Scheduling a child is difficult, but it is definitely worth the effort. New born babies take a feed after every one and a half to two hours. The rule of breast feeding is that more the baby sucks on to your breast, the more it will produce milk.


In India women get up to three months of maternity leave and in some companies they can extend it to six months also. So now you can pump out the milk and store it in the freezer. When storing the milk be careful. Label it and store it in the freezer. Breast milk can last for ten hours in the refrigerator. Instruct your baby sitter to bring the milk to room temperature and then give the milk to the baby. Milk can be brought to room temperature by keeping the bottle in a pan of hot water. You may need to pump the breast every two hours.


There is a chance that at your work place breast milk may leak out so you can use a breast pad for that. You can feed the baby before you leave for work and after coming back from work. Get your child well scheduled a month before you join work. Train your baby sitter will and tell her what time the baby needs to be fed and how much. Don’t get stressed out because that may affect your supply of milk.


When you have a new baby it is very important for the husband to be cooperative. When you have a supportive and caring husband your confidence level goes up and hence you are much more relaxed. Husband can be a lot of things like sterilizing the bottles, feeding the child from the bottle in the night and burping the baby when you are sleepy and tired.


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