Breastfeeding and Work
One of the toughest challenges for nursing mothers is returning to work while continuing to offer their babies the best nutrition available. The Smart Solutions Toolkit helps prepare and support moms who want to continue to nurse after returning to work.
We not only provide a special nursing mothers guide, but include a Pumping Space Proposal Template for moms who will be returning to workplaces that do not provide adequate nursing mothers milk pumping/expressing space.
Breastfeeding and Work Section: Part of the Smart Solutions Toolkit
Breast Milk Pumping Space Proposal
Working mothers who will be returning to workplaces that do not provide adequate breast milk/ expressing milk pumping space, can use our customizable Breast Milk Pumping Space Proposal to create their case for why their employer should support breast feeding at work. The proposal provides the necessary information to request an adequate breast milk pumping/expressing space.
Maternity Leave Plan Guide
Month-by-month guide that helps you professionally plan for maternity leave. Including, how to tell your boss your pregnant, dealing with pregnancy symptoms at work, budgeting for maternity leave, when to start negotiating and alternative work schedule, securing your job when on maternity leave, and important tips and information about breastfeeding and work.
Returning to Work after Baby Guide
A Guide to help you professionally prepare to return to work after pregnancy. This guide breaks your maternity leave into 3 sections. Each section is filled with tips and information for what new mothers should do during their maternity leave time to prepare to gracefully transition back to work after baby. This guide also includes a separate section for moms who want to continue to breast feed at work.
Top 3 Tips for Successfully Breast feeding at Work
Breastfeeding and Work Tip 1: Get Support
Gaining worksite support for moms who wish to continue to breastfeed after returning to work can make a tremendous difference in decreasing the challenges associated with pumping at work. More and more, forward-thinking companies are realizing the significant benefits of providing support for their working mother employees. The Breast Milk Pumping Space Proposal Template outlines the business case for why employers should support breastfeeding mothers and how it can ultimately improve their bottom-line.
Breastfeeding and Work Tip 2: Practice
As my mother always told me, practice makes perfect. Pumping is no exception. One of the worst mistakes new mothers make is not “learning” how to pump before they go back to work. It takes practice, and trying to figure it out on the first day back in the office, or the week before starting, can be a recipe for failure. Breastfeeding moms should start pumping/expressing breast milk weeks before returning to work, not only to store-up on breast milk for the baby, but also to get used to learning how to pump efficiently and effectively.
Breastfeeding and Work Tip 3: Convenience Is Key
Thank goodness for convenience items when it comes to pumping at work. Danielle Novi Heller, the creator of the Smart Solution Toolkit has a number of favorites breast feeding at work convenience items including, the microwavable steam sterilizer and microwavable sterilizer bags (to sterilize bottle and breast pump parts at work), travel sterilization wipes, zip-lock breast milk storage bags, breast milk car adapter/battery pack. She would also suggest purchasing a hands-free pumping bra and a trendy pashmina or large scarf for extra security and privacy (perfect for pumping in the car or other less than ideal locations).
How and Why Was This Section Created?
When asked, mommypreneur Danielle Novi Heller states that each product found in her Smart Solutions Toolkit was organically developed by personal challenges she faced when returning to work after pregnancy. In her goal to help other working moms be prepared, organized and achieve work life balance, Danielle discusses why this section is so important for other moms like her.
"I am a firm believer that breastfeeding (when possible) provides major health benefits for both the infant and mother. As a mom of two daughters, I breastfeed both my girls for two solid years as recommended by the World Health Organization. I pumped/expressed at work for 18 months with each daughter. Expressing breast milk not only has a positive impact on the immediate health of the infant and mother, but also establishes the basis for a healthy future. It’s not easy, but it is worth the effort, and the Smart Solutions Toolkit is there to help."
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