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  1. Wendy @ New Moms Talk says August 30, 2013

    Solid and practical tips. Here are a few more that I’ve found to help.

    1. Pump milk and store it early on as your baby is young. Often you have more milk when your baby is very young (or just after it first comes in) and if you can handle pumping it while adjusting to breastfeeding, it can make a nice stock pile.

    2. The Milk Memos- I highly recommend this book. It’s comforting and hilarious, filled with wisdom and details, and more.

    3. Have a hand pump just in case. Keep it sealed in a zip lock bag in your car (or office space) for just in case moments. (Note- I truly wish i had not packed mine away when we moved 12 hours away 2 weeks ago. I’d advise anyone to keep their pump in the “keep out” pile during a move!)

    4. Set mini goals. For a long time I had “BMS” on a white board- Breast Milk Storage with the number of ounces in the freezer. I’d set mini goals (5 oz this week; 20 oz by x date) and it helped. I was okay with whatever happened, but it kept me focused on being diligent about having storage.

    5. Pump early in the morning when you have more milk. Also, try to keep drinking tons of water throughout the day, so maybe you can sneak in a few other mini pumping sessions or pump more in quantity.

    6. Be patient. Be kind. Be loving. Be gentle with yourself. When you are tired, turn to others for help, compassion, wisdom, and understanding.

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  2. Allie says August 30, 2013

    If you do have access to a refrigerator at work you can store your pump parts in there without having to throughly clean them between pumping sessions. I rinse my parts with water, put them all in a big Ziploc and keep them in the fridge. This saves a lot of cleaning time and any milk left on the parts is refrigerated until your next session. You can also use the steam bags and then store you parts in the refrigerator in the steam bag.

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  3. Jennifer says August 30, 2013

    Thank you for this! I am returning to work in a few months and the whole pumping and work thing already has me stressed out thinking about how I am going to make it work.

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    1. Natasha Vaughan says September 6, 2013

      I am 24-1/2 weeks pregnant with my first. It’s a girl! I am planning and hoping that breastfeeding will work out for me. My mother and I were both sick when she had me, so she wasn’t able to breastfeed me. I ended up with asthma at 8 years of age. Because of this, I feel very determined to breastfeed for a year, but I think, just thinking about how it’s going to work when I go back to work full time, is stressing me out. I’m an Assistant Director where I work and have demands on me plus some traveling. I don’t want to stress about it, afraid my milk won’t come in or not come in very good. Anyway, I am a planner at heart and seems like planing is essential in order for this to work! Thank you for the tips! I’ll check back from to time, because next year, I’ll sure need some encouragement at times!

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  9. Erin says August 8, 2014

    Love all of these tips and I wouldn’t change a thing! I exclusively breastfed my daughter til 5 1/2 months and then when I went back to work, I pumped until she was about 11 months. After that, I nursed her in mornings and evenings until she was 14 months. I did all of the things that you mentioned and being on a routine and schedule all is the key. I also pumped at least once at night and on weekends to get a head start on the week, or to just keep adding to my storage. I’m now going back to work after having my son and I am gearing up to do it all over again! 🙂

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  10. Alli says June 11, 2015

    Great tips! My Medela Freestyle has changed my life since I went back to work. I went through a company called Aeroflow Breastpumps to get my pump and most of the cost was covered. I had to pay a little out of pocket but it was worth it. Rechargeable battery and weighs about 2 lbs…awesome investment for working moms!

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