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Tips for pumping at work

To help make the transition from maternity leave to returning to work smoother and easier, Expressiva Nursingwear offers the following tips for mothers who choose to pump breast milk at work:

  • Inform your employer. Prior to your first day back, talk with your supervisor about your plans for pumping at work. If you do not have your own office discuss alternatives for where you can have privacy.

  • Buy a breast pump. Before returning to work, do your research and rent or buy a breast pump. A double pump works the most efficiently and effectively. Make sure you're completely comfortable with the pump - worrying if the pump is too loud or doesn't pump fast enough can lead to stress resulting in a diminished milk supply.

  • Have lunch with your baby. If you work close to home or near your child's daycare provider, find out if you'll have enough time to go there to feed him or her in person. Even better, find out if your child can be brought to work for a feeding.

  • Don't stress! Stress and a lack of sleep can greatly diminish your milk supply. To help remedy the problem, try to anticipate stressful days, deadlines and situations and plan accordingly. While you can't fully control your night's sleep with a baby, catch a cat nap whenever possible.

  • Dress accordingly. Select clothes that are comfortable and that make pumping easy and convenient and wear a nursing bra underneath. Avoid wearing light colors. Dark colors are better at hiding leak stains and nursing pads.

  • Be prepared. In case of an accident, keep a spare change of clothes at the office.

  • Be organized. Bring a small tote bag for all your supplies - breast pump, nursing pads, baby wipes for easy clean up, bottles or bags for milk storage and tape for labeling.

  • Cool it. If your office does not have a refrigerator/freezer, bring a small cooler with ice packs to store your expressed milk.

  • Relax. To maximize milk flow, relax by keeping a photo of your baby nearby or by imagining you're with the baby. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day.

  • Plan to Pump. Try pumping twice a day - during your morning break and afternoon break. If possible, save your lunchtime for yourself. Once you've mastered pumping, you should be able to empty both breasts in 15-20 minutes. Pumping at the same time everyday can help maintain or increase your milk supply.

Email us at or call us toll-free at 877-933-9773. We are here to help! Our goal is to make your breastfeeding experience a more enjoyable (and fashionable!) one. We are happy to answer your questions and to assist you in any way that we can.

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