Are you a breastfeeding mom heading back to work? Learn all the essentials to make sure you’re prepared.
What the pumps, Mama?! Didn’t you know that you can qualify to receive your breast pump through insurance? All you have to do is fill out this quick form with Aeroflow Breastpumps, then one of their Breastpumps Specialist will contact you to match you with the perfect pump, and they will take care of the rest to make sure your brand new breast pump is shipped directly to your home.
Once you have your pump you can use it to tackle all sorts of challenges like pumping at work, while traveling, when you’re out doing errands and more. We know, we said ‘pumping at work’, but don’t let that shake you. All you need is a simple checklist and a little planning to ensure that your breast pumping journey is successful.
Your Pumping at Work Checklist & Plan
Aeroflow Breastpumps has developed an entire back to work breastfeeding plan to help you easily pump at work without any problems. Download the full PDF here and use the following information to create the perfect checklist.
Know Your Pumping Rights
It’s good to tell your supervisor or HR professional in advance about your intentions to pump at work so that can provide a pumping room if there isn’t one already. The conversation won’t be as awkward as you think, because these professionals are trained on how to properly handle the matter and most likely, have kids of their own.
Plus, you have the right to pump at work! Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) employers must provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for up to 1 year after the child’s birth each time the employee needs to express milk.
Employers must also provide a place other than a bathroom that is shielded from view and free of intrusion of coworkers and the public for the use of an employee to pump.
List the Necessities
Create a list of each of the breast pump supplies you will need and make sure you have each item ready to go in your pumping bag. Pre-assembling items before packing them will help you save time during your pumping breaks at work.
Consider going back to early work for an hour or two one afternoon to scope out your breast pumping room. See if it has an outlet for your pump, or if you’ll need batteries. Also, see if the room has a fridge to store your breast milk or if you will need to bring a cooler.
Then practice your new routine one morning to see how long it takes you to get out the door with your pump to know exactly how much extra time you’ll need.
Create A Pumping Schedule
Figure out the best times to pump during the day and time the duration of each session so you’ll know when and how long your breaks will be. If you’re unsure what your pumping schedule should look like, find lactation resources in your area who can offer support and guidance.
Once your pumping plan is finalized, tell your supervisor this information so they can work with your schedule to avoid planning meetings around those times and to help them prepare for the workload when you’re away from your desk.
Cleaning Your Pump at Work
It’s always important to clean your breast pump in between uses. Use the sink in your lactation room to rinse your pump parts with warm soapy water and then place them on a clean towel and allow them to completely air dry before storing them.
If your lactation room doesn’t have a sink then it’s always good to have an extra set of breast pumping supplies on hand to make sure that your schedule isn’t interrupted. Store any items that come into contact with expressed milk with your storage containers and thoroughly clean them once you’re home.
Prepare for Accidents
Working with an infant can create a lot of hectic situations and sleepless nights. You may rush out the door in the morning and forget an important part of your breast pump, or the entire unit. That’s why it’s good to have a backup pump or supplies at work.
Replacement supplies for your pump may even be covered by your insurance. If your parts look worn or damaged, or you just want back up items on hand, check with an Aeroflow Breastpumps Specialist to see what’s covered under your insurance plan.
Also, when it comes to pumping, drips happen. Wear layers or bring a backup outfit in your car in case your breast milk spills or drips. Remember to keep nursing pads at your office so you can quickly stop leaks.
If an accident happens, just laugh it off. As a new mom, you’re already aware that things don’t always go as planned. Simply relax and move on, stressing out can hamper your milk flow.
Ready Your Caregiver
Share your caregiver’s info with your family and employees, so they can contact them if needed. Then create a list of the items you need to leave for your caregiver each day so they can successfully feed your baby expressed milk. Then be sure to check in on them daily during the first week to make sure everything is going well and for your own peace of mind.
You’re ready, Mama! We understand that returning to work after birthing your child is difficult, but with a solid plan you can take on anything. Use a checklist to ensure that your pumping at work plan is successful and make room for accidents. While pumping at work may seem challenging at first, it gets easier over time. You’ll find yourself in the perfect groove in no time.
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