When I returned to work mini me was almost 4 months old.  She didn’t really care for the bottle during the day, and nursed non-stop when I returned home.  My supply stayed in-tact, as I pumped twice per day at work, and I still do.

How did I do it?
While returning to work was hard in itself, pumping wasn’t as bad.  My job has a lactation room, and if it wasn’t available my boss allowed me to use his office.  In the beginning I pumped over 15 oz each session.  I pumped on-schedule as if I were feeding her, which was usually 11 am and 2 pm.

What helped?

  • Having a convenient, efficient breast pump – Medela Pump instyle Advance
  • Calling to check-in on mini me before each session
  • Having photos and videos on my phone
  • Staying relaxed
  • Having water before and after each session.  Staying hydrated is necessary to maintaing your supply.

By pumping at work, you ensure that your little one gets the best even when you’re not there to serve it up directly from the source.

Did you continue breast feeding when you returned to work? How did it work out?
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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.
  • Great post. I worked from home and even when I did a little out of the home consulting for a nonprofit in my hometown I still able to take the kids with me. However, I did pump so that the Mr could help or to make car rides easier. I agree that staying hydrated definitely makes pumping easier.

    I learned that with my first pregnancy. And the milk flows better and more abundantly if you’re relaxed and thinking about your little ones.

    • Thank you! You’re lucky you were able to work from home. I hope that the next time I will be able to

  • flatnipples

    OMG 15 oz each session!!?!?! I E-N-V-Y YOU! I was lucky to get 4oz at my lunch break.

    • Yeah! Lol people have told me that was a lot, but I was always disappointed whenever I pumped less. I had so much milk in my freezer right up until mid january. My 5-day vacation didn’t even exhaust my stash