Going Back to Work and Pumping

Going back to work can be overwhelming. Start slowly, if possible, by returning to work for a half day or in the middle of the week. To protect your milk supply, ideally you should pump on the same schedule that your baby is feeding. Avoid having your breasts become overly full, as engorgement sends a signal to your body to slow down milk production. Likewise, decreasing the amount of times the breast is stimulated in a day may also decrease milk supply.

The milk you pump at work one day can be used the next day to feed your baby. After pumping, cool your milk in a refrigerator or cooler.