Preparing yourself to go back to work after you’ve had baby can be a stressful time. Finding care for your child during your work hours, preparing emotionally for leaving your baby, deciding what type of pump to use, and having the conversation with your boss about where you’re going to be able to pump. After the law came to pass and protected a mother’s right to pump at work and mandated that the company provide a place to pump its been a bit easier for moms-but let’s face it-we’ve still got a long way to go. There are many companies that have made amazing accommodations for mother’s to pump at work but many still have no place. It’s going to take all of us working together to make it easier for all moms to pump at work.
How can I support a pumping mom?
- Help her talk to the manager about a place to pump. Ever had to talk to your boss about something you need? Its not always easy to do and knowing you have the support of your coworker can mean the world to her! You never know if the next person to use that pumping room will be you, your best friend or even one day your own daughter!
- Pitch in when she needs to go pump-if a mom can’t get her pumping time in she risks losing her milk supply. Giving her the support and letting her know things will be okay for 15 minutes while she pumps will help her to relax, pump well and get back to work. Remember she will only need to take frequent pumping breaks for the first month or two(depending on when she goes back to work) and the time will lessen as baby gets older.
In the Quad Cities we are lucky to have many organizations to support women. We will be spotlighting many of these organizations this Saturday August 1st-the first day of World Breastfeeding Week! The theme this year is Breastfeeding and Work-Making it Work. Women, Infants and Children(WIC) will be hosting this FREE event for families at the Genesis Heart Institute Adler Room from 9a.m.-12pm. There will be many giveaways, pump demonstration, and a presentation of pumping rooms in the Quad Cities. Vendors include: Scott County WIC Peer Counselors, Little Lambs Birth Services, La Leche League, Quad Cities Breastfeeding Coaltion, Genesis Lactation Counselors, Edgerton’s Women’s Health Center, EFNEP, Care for Kids, Bright Beginnings, Parent Pals, Thirty-One, Essential Oils, Cloth Diapers, and Sweekit Photography!
Show us-what is it like where you pump at work?
How have you dealt with issues pumping at work?