Work And Breastfeeding for Workplace Moms
Hard working moms in the workplace, after taking days of maternity leave, they enter the busy rhythm of going to work and parenting. Continuous breastfeeding seems to be an “impossible task.” What to do from prenatal to after work?
Don’t rush to do these two things after production
Many postpartum moms, just after giving birth, may think about separating from their babies after work, and eagerly want to milk and let the babies learn to drink the bottle. These two things will be considered until two weeks before work! In fact, try not to separate from your baby at first. “Practice breastfeeding yourself!” These exercises include: breastfeeding in a comfortable position, observing the baby’s needs, and establishing a tacit understanding of feeding with the baby.
First note 1: Make sure every feeding is comfortable
Moms who plan to breastfeed can choose hospitals that will teach breastfeeding to give birth to ensure that there is assistance and guidance after delivery. It is inevitable that there will be a break-in period at the beginning. If you don’t know when the baby will eat? You can observe the baby’s needs and breastfeed in a comfortable position. Maybe the skin of the nipple is relatively tender at first, and there will be a little broken skin, but after a period of time, the nipple will become stronger after the tender skin becomes old. Use days of maternity leave to find a feeding method that suits you as much as possible.
First note 2: It’s easier to learn to “lie down and feed”
During maternity leave, every working mom should learn to lie down and breastfeed, so that she can lie down while feeding while resting, which is much easier than sitting and milking. The breastfeeding posture is comfortable and tacitly compatible with the baby. When feeding according to the baby’s needs, the amount of milk can easily reach the coveted balance of supply and demand. Many moms worry about their babies being fed milk for the first month. Are they not getting enough to eat? This is a normal phenomenon, as long as the baby has the correct breast milk and normal urination and bowel movements, don’t worry too much.
First note 3: Observe the baby’s personality
During maternity leave, mothers practice breastfeeding in person, and can take the opportunity to observe the baby’s needs and personality. If the baby does not eat well, seek the assistance of a nurse or lactation consultant. Maybe the baby’s tongue is too short, or the baby’s tongue is too short. The shape of the areola must be extended, etc. There are solutions. Director Mao Xinjie suggested that these breastfeeding processes should be practiced as early as possible, and don’t wait until the confinement is finished. As long as Mommy’s wound is not uncomfortable and her physical and mental condition is normal, she can start learning.
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Two things must be done two weeks before work
The first one: Milking and storing your own breast milk bank
Two weeks before work, you can start storing your own breast milk bank. Many moms said, “I’m very serious about breastfeeding, what should I do if I can’t get the milk out? Feeding mommy only needs to squeeze 15cc to 60cc at a time, which is great! Just save 50cc to 100cc every day. Assuming that 50cc is stored every day, 700cc is stored for 14 days. It can be kept until the first day of work and bottled for baby, and the remaining amount can be frozen. If mom goes to work on the first day, the time to leave the baby is 12 hours, the full moon baby’s milk supply is between 600cc and 800cc throughout the day, and the baby needs about 400cc to 500cc for the entire day; please bottle feed by the caregiver during the day, and mom can do it at night. As for how to express milk two weeks before work? You can squeeze immediately after feeding. Moms who are not easy to squeeze can also try to squeeze while feeding. For example, when the baby sucks the right side, use a breast pump to squeeze the left side.
The second item: let the baby be familiar with the caregiver a week before
Don’t send your baby to the nursery center, babysitter’s house or grandma’s house on the day you go to work. Let your baby get acquainted with the environment and caregivers in the previous week. A sense of security; let the baby feel at ease with the caregiver, and feel at ease with mommy.
If you don’t practice bottle feeding during maternity leave, will your baby not eat bottle in the future?
Tthe caregiver and the baby will establish interaction and tacit understanding. The baby will be hungry and thirsty after being nursed for more than 4 hours, and will learn to drink milk from a bottle. If the baby does not drink for the first or second day, tell the caregiver to play, hug and talk with the baby more, and observe when he wants to drink milk? When wants to drink, feed with a bottle instead of having to fill him with milk when the time is up. How the caregiver establishes a tacit understanding with the baby is an important key. When the tacit understanding cannot be established, Mommy may have to think about whether to consider changing caregivers, or if the baby does not want to eat a bottle, you can switch to spoon, syringe, cup feeding, dropper, etc. As long as the caregiver and baby are willing to accept it, that is their preferred mode.
7 tips for milking your workplace mom at work
Secret 1: Don’t believe it! It’s important to relax
Although there are new pressures to return to the workplace and you must adapt again, it is recommended that the milking interval should not exceed 4 hours, and the longest should not exceed 5 to 6 hours in order to be the safest and most comfortable.
When milking, find a place where you can relax physically and mentally. Some moms will go to the breastfeeding room at a fixed time; some moms will cover a nursing towel and squeeze it in front of the desk; some moms will find it. Warehouse or secret meeting room, depending on the office location. Relaxation is very important. Work moms don’t be too demanding on their milk volume. If they do their best, they can only supply one-third or one-half of the baby’s milk volume, and the rest can be supplemented with formula milk. Sometimes the more relaxed you are, the more milk you will have. Stress will definitely affect your milk output.
Tip 2: Just squeeze out enough for the baby to eat
It is recommended that the amount of milk expressed by Mommy is enough for the baby, and it is the best situation to reach a balance between supply and demand with the baby. For example, when the baby is away from mommy, he can drink 400cc to 450cc a day. Mommy squeezes this amount when she goes to work. You don’t need to squeeze more. Mommy’s oversupply will be too tired; if you squeeze too little, you can increase milking. Frequency to increase milk production.
Tip 3: Look at the baby’s photos while milking
It must be the best way for moms to think of the baby when milking. Watching some photos and videos of the baby at this time will help to express more milk. If Mommy will be happier watching variety shows or male artist photos, she can also do the same, milking in a way that relaxes and relieves herself.
Tip 4: Companions who milk together are important
The breastfeeding room is very fun, and the partners who are milking together support each other, which is helpful to the milking process! Everyone chats in the breastfeeding room and shares breastfeeding experiences, which can make Mommy more relaxed. The high pressure of the milking environment will reduce the efficiency of milking.
Secret 5: Super complete “milking technique”, quickly copy it down!
When expressing milk, a breast pump should be used in conjunction with hand milking to express more breast milk.
Step 1: Shake and shake your breasts
Before milking, shake or shake your breasts, or use a massager or something that vibrates, such as an electric toothbrush, face wash, etc., to shake your breasts.
Step 2: Milk the milk first
After the breasts are relaxed, before using the breast pump, express the milk first to make sure that the areola is soft and the milk is smooth.
Step 3: Use the two modes of breast pump alternately
After that, you can start milking with a breast pump. Both manual and electric breast pumps can be used, if you use an electric breast pump to express milk, you can use the “breast-promoting mode” first, because the frequency is faster and more powerful. It is lighter and helps stimulate milk bursts. Wait until the milk comes out, squirts out, and the milk is smooth, then change to the “breast pumping mode”. The characteristic is that the frequency is slower and the force is higher, which can draw out the milk better, and the pumping force can be adjusted to the minimum that can suck the milk Use strength to avoid damage to the nipples with too much strength.
As for the “breast-promoting mode” and “breast pumping mode”, how long should I use each? There is no stipulated time for use. Each time the breasts are swollen and hard and soft, you can adjust them according to your own state. When the “breast pumping mode” is not used smoothly, you can also switch back to the “breast-promoting mode” to stimulate the milk burst. Those can be used interchangeably. It is worth noting that the horn cover must conform to the size of the nipple. In principle, a space of 1 cm (mm) to 2 cm should be left from the tube wall to avoid mutual friction. When milking, mommy can also pressurize behind the horn cover to promote the removal of milk.
Step 4: One last hand milking check
After sucking the milk, the fullness of the breast will become soft. At this time, you can check the breast again with your hands, because the milk is easy to accumulate in the areola, and finally it takes another 1 minute to squeeze it out. The time for milking and packing up items will not exceed half an hour.
Step 6: Hand milking technique can be an emergency
Moms who are busy at work, have a lot of meetings, and are not free to milk, can milk a small amount of milk several times, and use hand milking skills to help in emergencies. If you just finished milking at 12 noon, the meeting at 2 pm is very long, you can take 5 minutes to milk your hand before the meeting to make yourself through the meeting.
In addition, the baby starts to eat non-staple foods and the amount of milk decreases. The amount of milking and the frequency of milking should also decrease. Each time the baby is squeezed a little less. If the milk is uncomfortable in the middle of the milking interval, go to the toilet and squeeze a little to make yourself comfortable. Some, this will naturally reach a balance between supply and demand with the baby. Children over 1 year old rely on food as their staple food. If mommy is under pressure during the day to express milk, she does not need to squeeze her milk again. Keep breastfeeding at night and on holidays. The body will slowly secrete only this amount and will no longer swell the milk during work.
Tip 7: Support the whole family together
Breastfeeding is not enough for moms in the workplace. They need the support of the whole family. The husband must share the care of the baby together, such as changing diapers, bathing, comforting, etc., so that moms can steal time to eat, change clothes, and rest. The elders and family members who live together should also be more helpful and considerate so that the baby can continue to drink breast milk.
Must know! 3 tips for preventing milk stuffing in workplace moms
The main reason for working moms stuffed with milk in the outpatient clinic is mostly because of too little parent-feeding. This situation usually occurs when the baby is absent for a long time, and moms supply breast milk entirely by milking. Therefore, it is recommended that moms hug and feed the baby more every day, which can help reduce the occurrence of milk stuffing.
Find a point of balance in life
Too tired and too busy will make it easy to stuff milk. Mommy should try to find a balance between work and parenting.
Hand milking helps to eliminate milk blockage
If Mommy only uses a breast pump and does not use her hands at all, it is easy to stuff her milk; using hand milking techniques will help to drain the milk blockage.
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