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What If I Can't Pump or Breastfeed at Work?

There may be situations where trying to pump or breastfeed at work is just not possible. If this is your situation but you still want to breastfeed your child, then the best thing you may be able to do is nurse your infant when you can and have your child's caretaker feed the child with formula or stored breast milk when you are not able to be there. Just because you can't pump at work doesn't mean you have to give up breastfeeding altogether.
You can help keep up your breast milk supply by giving your baby extra feedings when you are together. Also, pumping after feedings can help add to your storage supply of breast milk and help boost your milk production.
If you are unable to pump at work, you may experience engorgement (when your breasts are full of milk). During the first couple of days, you also may experience some leaking. Nursing pads can help minimize any leaking that may occur with engorgement. If your breasts become painful, you may need to go to the restroom and express just enough milk to help relieve some of the pain.

Back Into the Groove

By learning how to pump and store your breast milk, you can continue to provide your little one with breast milk while you return to work. Although it may be overwhelming at first, returning to work gradually can help minimize stress and help you to establish a pumping schedule that works for both you and your employer.
Also, keeping communication open with your employer can help keep your desires to continue breastfeeding and your commitment to your work in balance.
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