Breastfeeding Mothers Returning to Work or School: What You Should Know

When You Return to Work or School

  • You should bring enough milk storage containers for the number of times that you wish to pump throughout the day.
  • If you decide to store your breast milk in one of the rooms that provide refrigeration, please make sure to label your container to decrease the risk of contamination or swapping breast milk.
  • Consider wearing “breast-feeding friendly” shirts/blouses that open from the front for easier access to pump your breasts.
  • Bring an extra shirt/sweater/vest to wear just incase your breasts leak. Tip: If you wear patterned clothing material, it will be harder to see any milk that leaks
  • Some lactation rooms are set up to house more than one pump, in this case, there are curtains in place to keep your privacy.
  • Bring a picture of your baby to hang up on the bulletin boards in each lactation room. Seeing pictures of babies will not only help stimulate the “let down reflex” and help your breasts pump better, it is also a great way to show off your baby to other mothers using the rooms.
  • Being relaxed will also help you pump better. Read a magazine, listen to music, practice relaxation or breathing techniques.
  • Bring some healthy snacks and water to work/school with you. Women who are breastfeeding need extra calories and proper hydration so having a handy snack and beverage will help.
  • Make sure to lock the lactation room when you are using it so that you will not be bothered while pumping.
  • Please contact the Office of Work/Life if you have further inquiries, concerns, or suggestions on how to make the lactation rooms as useful and enjoyable as possible.