Breastfeeding. What happens when the mother goes back to work
Depending on the country you are in, you will have a certain period as a maternity leave. During that time, you can be with the baby all day. However, the maternity leave has a final date. For mothers who work outside the home, it's time to get back on the job . Then the questions and concerns come:
Depending on the country you are in, you will have a certain period as a maternity leave. During that time, you can be with the baby all day. However, the maternity leave has a final date. For mothers who work outside the home, it's time to get back on the job.
Then the questions and concerns come: How will it affect breastfeeding? Is it possible to prolong breastfeeding when returning to work or should we start with weaning?
The return to work of the mother and breastfeeding
The return to work by the mother can jeopardize the continuity of breastfeeding, since the distance between the baby and her mother, make it difficult for the baby to feed. Although obviously, everything depends on the age of the baby when his mother returns to join their work environment.
Until then, the mother was continuously with the baby and offered her breast on demand, whenever her son wanted. Now things change. She will not be at his side all day. So the mother will have to consider two possibilities:
1. Begin the weaning and resort to the bottle and the continuation milk.
2. Prolong a little more breastfeeding maternally using a breast pump.
The return to work of the mother does not have to mean the end of breastfeeding, although it is true that it hinders her. The best advice is for the mother to get a good milk pump and learn how to properly store her milk, so that another person can offer it to the baby through a bottle during that period of time in which the mother and the baby are separated.
Remote breastfeeding according to the age of the baby
The age of the baby when the mother joins the work will be decisive. It is not the same if the mother has to return to work when her child is only four months old (since her baby still has exclusive breastfeeding), that if the mother was able to prolong the breastfeeding a little longer.
In the case that the baby is already 5 or 6 months old, his diet will already have changed a little, since will have incorporated new foods. Prolonging breastfeeding in this case will be less complicated.
Midwife's advice on breastfeeding when the mother returns to work