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As a working mom, breastfeeding is a challenge at best. Any good tips for a mom who works out of the home and breastfeeding at the same time?”

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  • Drinking enough water was my big challenge....a small refrigerator with bottled water and healthy snacks helped my milk supply and kept my milk cold. I am proud to say I breastfed for one year and was working 30 hours a week at the time. It is possible...keep up the good work!

    Congrats on being a breastfeeding diva! www.breastfeedingdivas.com

    mamadiva

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by mamadiva on 20th November 2008

  • My son is 9 months old and I work outside of the home. I split between pumping and nursing. My schedule is as follows: early morning breastfeed, then pumping every 2 to 4 hours throughout the day, dinner breast feed and before-bed pump. I will tell you that it's a tremendous -- but very fulfilling -- commitment (as other mothers on this website will confirm my whining ... ha ha). I've not met a mother who BFs exclusively and works out of the home. Interestingly, I did that TODAY: I was working near my son's daycare and so q2-3 hours, I'd drop in and feed him. Went smooth enough and I imagine that I could do it if I was consistently near there (which is not the case most days). The most important factors are frequency of pumping and adequate hydration AND support from family and friend and work. (I work in a busy clinic and have patient most day all day long .... takes discipline to stop and pump and somedays it's the last thing I want to do when I'm running behinds, etc)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by KC on 23rd May 2008

  • I was lucky enough to have a very family-friendly work environment. There was a private little space in the bathroom with a curtain and everything for nursing mothers to pump. I was also able to slip away sometimes and nurse the baby at her in-home daycare which was just a mile from my office. That said, it was still hard! I agree, La Leche League will probably have the best advice.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Caitlin on 22nd May 2008

  • I worked at home when my kids were babies, so I don't have personal experience with this...but I admire you for it. Have you contacted your local LLL group? They have excellent resources and some cities have groups for working moms. IMO, they are the primary experts on breastfeeding.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MAC on 21st May 2008

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