To help you get organized for going back to work, you’ll want to consider what you’ll need to pump and store milk. The essentials you’ll want to consider are: a private, comfortable place to pump; selecting a breast pump to fit your needs; scheduling breast pumping sessions into your work day; and storing your breast milk.
First, find a place where you can relax and have some privacy. Ask if your workplace has a lactation room. If not, ask about a private office, empty conference room, storage room or lounge with an electrical outlet. Federal laws now require that workplaces provide a private place to breast pump.
You will also need access to a place to wash your hands and your pump parts. If you cannot locate a place to wash your pump parts, consider having a few pump kits to use throughout the day and then wash them when you get home.
A Breast Pump to Fit Your Needs
If you’ll be pumping, plan to get a quality breast pump. Keep in mind that formula costs nearly $2,000 for the first year. A good pump saves far more money than it costs.
This is general information and does not replace the advice of your healthcare provider. If you have a problem you cannot solve quickly, seek help right away. Every baby is different. If in doubt, contact your physician or healthcare provider.