Breastfeeding - and going back to work
As a working mother, it may be extremely difficult for you to juggle work and home responsibilities. This is the one time we realize that being a super mom is not possible - tiredness takes it toll and demands in the working environment also add to the stress. So how will a young mother be able to find a way to bring the two worlds together?
Breastfeeding for working moms is often replaced with bottle feeding - mainly because it is convenient and leaves them time and space to get other household work done. However, it is important to note that breastfeeding is actually very crucial when it comes to ensuring the healthy development of your baby in this growing stage.
Breastfeeding Tips for Working Mothers
Remember that this is a guideline to help the working mom continue breastfeeding to ensure that your baby will get much required nutrients and vitamins that keeps his body, particularly his immune system strong through breast milk - need we say more? True, you may find it difficult to squeeze in time for breastfeeding. Here are some tips to help you tackle it all and still breastfeed your baby:
1. Plan a Routine Schedule:
Plan a schedule for breastfeeding, and try and stick to it as much as possible.
2. Allow your spouse to assist with household chores:
Allow your spouse to assist with household work or with the baby. Bathtime for baby and daddy are a wonderful bonding time for them and gives you time to complete something you need to do. He could become your biggest ally.
3. Introduce Bottle Feeding to Your Baby:
It is always a good idea to introduce your baby to bottle feeding and get him acquainted with this practice. This way, even if you do have to resort to bottle feeding sometimes, your baby won’t really make a fuss out of it.
4. Opt For the Pumping Technique:
Pumping is the new option for breastfeeding for working mothers. It helps you store breast milk for 2-3 days. There are good breast pumps readily available on the market. Storing or freezing your milk means that your husband or domestic help can give baby breast milk with a bottle. This frees you to do other chores when you arrive home.
5. Get advice from other Nursing Mothers:
Speak to other working moms. They can give you ideas and inspiration. You will realise that you are not alone in trying to juggle work and home.
6. Talk to the Employer about Your Situation:
Most managers will be sympathetic if you discuss your situation with your employer. Explain how you are trying to accommodate your work and home schedules.
7. Work from Home if Possible:
Have a talk with your employer and see if you can work something out. Thanks to the power of Internet and technological advancements, everything is possible now! It's a great way to manage work and being a mother.
8. Explore Part-Time Options at Workplace:
If you’ve been working full-time and trying to manage it all, now’s the best time to go part-time. Speak to your employer about how you’d like to devote some time for your baby. After all, there’s nothing more important than your little one’s health.
These are just some of the effective measures that you can look at being a busy working mother. It helps to explore options with a support group that have mothers like you, who constantly try to balance work life with a newborn.
We would love you to share what has worked for you, even things that haven't worked, and also give any comments to help working moms