breastfeeding be continued if the mother chooses to return
to work or school?
Yes. More and more women continue to breastfeed and return
to work or school. Planning ahead is essential. Breast milk
can be expressed once the milk supply is established. The
milk can be refrigerated or frozen and given to the baby at
a later date. The mother can also express her milk manually
or with a pump at work or school when she has a break,
preferably at the baby’s usual feeding time. This expressed
milk can be used for the baby the following day. A mother
can continue to nurse her baby in the mornings, evenings and
on weekends as before.
An alternate feeding method needs to be introduced before
mother returns to work so the baby can adjust to it.
Ideally, someone other than the mother should give the
supplemental feedings. If using a bottle, mothers must be
aware that this may cause the baby to refuse to nurse.
Patient persistence will result in the baby accepting breast
as well as bottle.
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