Returning to work:

Returning to work while breastfeeding can be a challenge, however, it’s not impossible. Trina /The Lactating Mama

Work & Breastfeed: The Lactating Mama Checklist


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So you’ve downloaded your checklist, now what? Use the tips below to help you get your milk flowing while away from your baby

Audio and Visual:

It’s amazing how your body will respond to audio and visual of your baby. This is a KEY tip. Just because you’re away from your baby doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get that milk flowing. Below you’ll find a few examples that will help you on your journey.

  • Baby Pictures: Use your baby’s pictures. Pick some of your favorite baby pictures and make a slide show for pump sessions. Put on replay and relax while you watch your baby. You can make a new slide show each week. There are many free apps you can use to make the cutest slideshows.
  • Baby Videos: Gather a few of those cute baby video’s and make a video collage. There are free apps that make this super easy. During a pump session push play, relax and pump, at the same time staring at your baby like shes right there with you. Being able to see and hear your baby will really help you get that milk flowing.
  • Sounds: Oh! The magical sound of WATER. Listening to water helps a lot. Turn on the water faucet, relax and think of baby. You’ll definitely see that milk flow. Also listening to your baby’s voice over the phone is a treat too. Engage in baby talk with your baby over the phone. Not only will your heart melt, but your milk will flow too.

Note: The truth is you may be without your phone one day. Leave it at home, drop it in the toilet, lose it etc. Yup! All those things have happened to me before, but know it’s not impossible to get that milk flowing without it.

WAIT! There’s More: Try The Next Few Tips and Increase Your Results

Lean Forward:

Simple right?! Yup!! Leaning forward while pumping can definitely help your milk flow. This is one simple tip that any mama can do. It’s all about the law of gravity I guess. =)

Drink Warm Water:

Drinking warm water before & during session can help relax you and allow your milk to flow more quickly. You can also accomplish this with a warm towel. Place a warm hand towel over each breast while you are pumping.

Extend Pumping Sessions:

If baby normally feeds for 10 mins on each breast, pump for 3-5 mins longer, e.g., PUMP FOR 13- 15 MINS on each breast. This will help you produce more milk the following days.


Use your hand to gently massage the top of your breast in a circular motion while you are pumping. Wearing a hands free pumping bra makes this easy to do. Also massaging the breast right before you start a session helps as well.


Deep breathes in and out. Think of things that make you relax. Close your eyes & THINK OF YOUR BABY.

Last But Not Least:
Below are Tools That can Help Make Your Journey a Little Easier

Get Nursing Bras:

Yes ladies, get a few nursing bras. It will help eliminate a lot of stress believe it or not. Being able to pump hands-free helps you to incorporate the tips I mentioned into your session with ease. Of course like any good bra those jokers can be expensive. Check out Pinterest for tricks on how to turn your favorite bra into a nursing bra.

 I also found this unique item off IG called the #pumpndo. It turns your everyday bra into a hands free pump bra. I absolutely love this this item and the nice part is that it was created by a Breastfeeding mama. Head over to NOW! Use code: lactatingmama10 for a discount.

Get a App:

Find a good app that can help you keep track of things. This way you can monitor how much milk you pump each day. This will help you to see what is working and what is not. Below are a few popular apps that can assist you on your pumping journey.

  • Pump@work App:
    $1.99 for Iphone This app is perfect for the new mom returning to the workplace. Tracks milk totals, storage totals, and even suggests how many ounces a caregiver will need while mom is away.
  • Milk Tracker App:
    $4.99 for Android This a simple app that does exactly what is says… tracks milk, calculates daily pumps, has alarms and charts.
  • Pump Log App:
    Free for Iphone
    This app was voted one of the Best Breast Feeding Apps of 2015 by Pump reminder, alarm, calculator and more.
  • Breastfeeding Tracker/ Pumping App:
    Free for Android This app also tracks pump sessions & has a pump reminder which is really cool especially when you are busy at work.

Note: I suggest finding the app that works best for you and your needs. I went with the “MILK TRACKER” app for android. It was easy to use and straight to the point. It tracked pump sessions, milk output and more. There’s also an unique alarm feature that allowed me to preset when to end a session which was perfect for me. It would have been the perfect app for The Lactating Mama if it was free or even cheaper.

Every woman is different and what works for some may not work for others. I suggest figuring out what works best for you by using the trial and error method. I had to try many things until I found what work for me. Please use these tips to see what helps you on this journey. From one Lactating Mama to another… YOU GOT THIS!

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6 Comments on “Breastfeeding: Returning to work”

  1. Imani

    This is great info. I wish I would have known this two years ago. Maybe my next go around. Your methods seem to be very successful thank you.

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