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Breastfeeding and returning to work

Most mothers can still successfully breastfeed when they return to work. As our workplace environment changes more and more companies are understanding the importance of family responsibilities and thus include this in their workplace policies. Though legislation states that no employer should discriminate against individuals with family responsibilities, only few companies allow mothers to breastfeed at the workplace. Below are some tips on how you can possibly feed your bubs at the workplace.

  • If you can discuss your breastfeeding requirements with your employer before you go on a maternity leave. By doing so, you know what to expect when you return and you know if your employer can accommodate your request.
  • If you have an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer or a Human Resources Department check if they know your company’s breastfeeding policies and their attitude towards it.
  • Ask if your employer can provide a private room with a comfortable chair and a refrigerator where you can store your expressed milk.
  • You might want to buy an electric breast pumps to make expressing sessions easier and quicker at work.
  • You might find it hard to express at work during the first few weeks but some mothers say it will improve quickly and the benefits are definitely worth the effort.