Streamlining your Routine
Now that you’ve made the commitment to breastfeed your baby AND you’re going back to work, you may be wondering…how do moms really do this?
Here are some tips from experienced breastfeeding moms who have learned how to make every second count!
To make your mornings easier, plan on doing some quick preparation the night before. This practice will not only save you precious time in the morning, it will also keep you from forgetting essentials. Even though my daughters are well beyond the age of breastfeeding, I still prep for my morning before I go to bed at night.
Some examples of night-time preparation:
- Prepare bottles with appropriate amount of milk and label them with the date and your baby’s name.
- Lay out your baby’s clothes and yours. No need to waste precious time staring into your closet in the morning. Better yet, dress your baby in the next day’s clothes and forget about jammies!
- Keep the pump bag, diaper bag and your charging phone by your purse or briefcase. Make sure your calendar (be it electronic or paper) is in this pile.
- Take a look at your calendar for the next day and make sure you have your pump breaks scheduled.
- Ask your partner to pack your food for the day—lunch and a couple of snacks. You will probably be surprised and delighted at the quantity of food he or she thinks you should eat!
- Add all baby supplies to the diaper bag—except the milk.
There will still be things you need to do in the morning. But you may find you don’t need to do all you used to do before baby. For example, many of my clients shower at night and skip their morning shower. Your time is precious, so do whatever you need to do to make life easier.
In the morning:
Add ice and pumped milk to the daycare bag. A little cooler specifically for baby bottles is great for this purpose. If the milk is frozen, you don’t even have to add ice!
Breastfeed baby one more time before going out the door. Or leave a little early and breastfeed at the day care. That will mean less milk that you will have to pump!
Wear clothes that give you easy access to your breasts. You shouldn’t have to take off your shirt or dress in order to pump or breastfeed. Check out www.hadleystilwell.com for professional nursing/pumping clothing.
Remember you don’t need to wash the pump parts after each pumping. Just keep them in a cooler (with ice) or a refrigerator and they’ll be ready to go for the next pumping.
Some moms love to pump hands free. There are bras and other devices that hold the pump flanges in place so you can multi-task.
Invest in extra pump parts—including bottles and caps—and keep extra at work just in case.
Take advantage of the oxytocin coursing through your bloodstream. It will help you relax and enhance your creativity.
If you feel overwhelmed, try to remember that your baby will only be this little and dependent for a short time.