Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. Being a working mom is definitely not easy. I’ve been a breastfeeding working mom for many, many years (not all for the same child), so supporting other working moms who breastfeed is an issue that is, quite literally, very close to my heart. I’m completely overjoyed that WABA has made breastfeeding in the workplace the focus of the 2015 World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 – 7), with their “Let’s Make it Work!” tag line.
There are many reasons moms return to work while still breastfeeding: some love their careers, some need to support their families, some have flexibility, others don’t.
In the United States, most working moms return to work 6-12 weeks postpartum. With breastfeeding newly established, and the breastfeeding relationship ever-evolving, it’s no surprise that many moms give up on breastfeeding soon after returning to their jobs.
We can all agree that breastfeeding moms who return to work should have the support, encouragement and accommodation necessary to continue to breastfeed and express milk for their babies (or toddlers!) if they choose to while working. World Breastfeeding Week exists to support, educate and inform individuals, social organizations, employers, governments and policy-makers about the importance of supporting the rights of breastfeeding mothers everywhere.
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week 2015, I’ll be publishing a series of posts this week about my own experiences as a working mom while nursing my little ones. It’s at times a trial, often an adventure, frequently exhausting, but ultimately rewarding.
I’d love to hear other moms’ experiences with going back to work while still nursing too. Encouragement goes a long way!
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