by Kathleen Burch
You may have contemplated going back to work after your baby is born, but you have some doubts as to how you would manage. It is a time consuming choice, but many women do continue nursing even after they go back to work. In spite of all the time and effort involved, most of the women who tried it are happy with their decision. Here are some tips that can help you manage the two.

First, you should decide how you will feed your baby when you are at work. Some women choose baby formula while others pump breast milk out before they leave the house. Either way, you’ll need to get your baby used to drinking from a bottle. When your baby reaches 6 weeks, introduce at least a bottle daily, using breast milk or formula, depending on what you’ll be using when you get back to work. You should also try having someone else feed your baby. This should help your baby get ready for the new routine.

Once you return to work, you’ll need to express milk at work for feeding to your baby the next day, if you plan to supplement with breast milk instead of formula. Be sure to figure out in advance where you’ll be able to nurse. Fortunately, more and more workplaces are creating private areas for nursing mothers. You can also freeze some breast milk before you go back to work, just in case you cannot nurse.

Expect some adjustment time for you and your baby when you go back to work. If it’s possible to go back part time at first, do it. And if you can, wait until the baby is about 16 weeks old so he can adjust better.

There are so many good reasons to continue breastfeeding your baby after returning to work. Your baby would be healthier for it, and you will still have the close breastfeeding bond with your baby even if you have to work. Take it slow, work out the kinks, and you and baby should be well on your way to a very rewarding situation.

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