The biggest problem faced by employed nursing mothers is fatigue. Try to get as much rest as possible, learn to nurse lying down and look after yourself by eating a nutritious diet.
Most mothers who work outside the home like to be full-time breastfeeders at weekends. This can help you feel close to your baby and ensures a good milk supply. It will not upset your baby’s weekday routine, because he will associate breastfeeding with you and bottle feeding with his minder. He will need lots of your attention in the early weeks after your return to work, so don’t be surprised if he is extra clingy at first. Your baby will miss your presence as much as your milk, so be prepared to give lots of extra cuddles and breastfeeds when you are at home.
Although housework chores are important, try to restrict housework to the essential minimum, as your baby will be little for only a very short time. Look for practical help and support from your partner and other family members.
A mother who combines breastfeeding and working outside the home will find La Leche League meetings invaluable. Breastfeeding mothers who are regularly separated from their babies need the support that comes from being with other nursing mothers. Babies are always welcome at La Leche League meetings.
While you are breastfeeding you are giving your baby the very best food that you can provide. You are protecting him from potentially serious illnesses like gastro-enteritis and respiratory infections. You are giving him the close loving relationship which will lay the foundation for all his relationships in the future.
Of necessity the information in this article is of a general nature. If you need help or support, or if you have a specific concern, contact your local La Leche League Leader.