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7 Easy Steps to Plan Maternity Leave and Return to Work
March 18, 2014
Hello and thank you for joining BreastfeedingQuest.com. So glad we both have interest in breastfeeding!
In this issue...
Do You Plan Work Around Breastfeeding or Breastfeeding Around Work?
Turns out the majority of new moms are forced to schedule their breastfeeding routines around work.
I don’t mean to throw statistics at you (ok, maybe just this one time), but according to the National Business Group on Health only 25% of working moms with children under age of 1 combine working and breastfeeding for at least a month.
So it is obvious that return to work is a major game-changer when it comes to breastfeeding. However, with proper organization and preparation it doesn’t have to be.
This is the first newsletter in the series devoted to breastfeeding and working.
Easy steps to help you plan your return to work and avoid unpleasant surprises:
If you don’t like the options offered, consider taking out short-term disability insurance from a third party. Depending on your pay and work conditions, it could be very well worth it.
Understand exactly what your maternity leave process is and when your first day back to work should be.
Communicate with your HR representative via e-mail, forward everything to your personal e-mail and save for future reference.
Also, start pumping for a couple of minutes after each feeding session and freeze the milk. It will both give you an opportunity to practice pumping and hand expression and to build up your milk store.
You may also need a privacy cover and an extra battery block set for the pump (if battery-operated).
I know not everything can be thoroughly planned and foreseen. Do what you can to follow the plan and you will pave the way for successful and stress-free breastfeeding and working!
Good Read on the Topic:
US Breastfeeding Committee website has tons of useful tips about breastfeeding in a workplace. In relation to the topic of our discussion, I highly recommend this article - How should you talk to your employer about nursing breaks?
It walks you through the conversation that has to happen between you and your boss.
Related Product Review:
I was specifically looking for a product that would work hard to simplify life of a working mother.
And I came across what proved to be a great product. It is called Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bag.
I call products like this one "smart": it is functional and it fulfills the exact purpose it was designed for.
After I wrote the review, I also did a video-review thinking it would be good to show you what I saw. Enjoy!
Questions and Comments:
I try to organize my newsletters around your interests in breastfeeding or concerns that you may have.
If you have an interest in a specific breastfeeding topic or would like me to review a particular breastfeeding-related product, let me know here. I will research, review and share with you. You can also submit questions and comments by responding to this newsletter.
Feel free to forward this newsletter to other moms. The more, the merrier!
There are many ways to show your love and devotion to your kids and to win their trust. Breastfeeding is the most natural one.
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