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How To Breastfeed When Returning Work

Motherhood is pure devotion and at times it can be tough. In most countries, one can take a break of 12 months from work when a baby is born. In the Philippines, an employee has a maternity leave of 3-4 months. But when it is the time to return to work, the main problem arises.

You can leave your baby in daycare, but he still needs to be fed. At times it becomes difficult for a mother to breastfeed her child at work. In this case, when a mother is juggling with work and house chores, the baby gets neglected. Every mother’s first priority is their child. And she plans the best she could for them. When it comes to going back to work, it needs some time to settle with work and the child, both at the same time. If you crack this code of balancing both, you will never fail.

If you had your baby a few months ago and your baby is still on the liquid diet, it is important for you to manage it along with your work. If you are having a hard time managing all at the same time, here are some of the tips that might help you.

• Start bottle-feeding
If you are a working woman and you have planned to go back to work soon after the maternity leave ends, you need to introduce your kid to a bottle. Gradually introduce your child to bottle-feeding, so that the child will have enough time to adjust while you are still off from work.

• Use a breast pump
At this stage, this breast pump will become your best friend. You can use this to store milk for your baby for all the time you are at work. This is to ensure that your baby has enough supply of milk.

• Talk to your boss
When you go back to work, it might feel new to you and might face some difficulty in adjusting. The thing is that you are already attached to your baby and staying away from your child may be bothersome. To ease this out, what you may do is to talk to your boss and ask him if he can grant you some half days in the first few weeks of returning to work.

• Schedule
You need to have a proper schedule to pump milk and nurse your baby. You also need to plan ahead the day earlier. Once you have pumped the milk, you can refrigerate or freeze it for use later.

Motherhood is a responsibility filled with love. If you are a mother, you have everything juggled in your hands but you will still be able to manage them all.

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