Tips to Support Your Breastfeeding Co-worker
Societal pressures are often at the root of mothers' issues with success in breastfeeding. To help maximize support to your co-worker, read our tips below.
Know the facts:
- The new healthcare law specifies that she has the right to pump someplace other than a bathroom.
- Breastfeeding provides the best-known nutrition to her baby and is the normal method of infant feeding.
- She will need breaks to pump: every three to four hours for about 15-30 minutes each session. (This is similar to a smokers' cigarette break!)
- If she skips a session, her breasts will become uncomfortably full (and she might suffer) and more importantly, it will cause her supply of milk to decrease.
- Breastmilk does not need special handling precautions. Thus, she can store breastmilk in shared refrigerators and it will not affect food in any way.
- By breastfeeding, her baby will be healthier.
- She will miss less days, be more productive and this will probably make your job easier.
- In addition, your company saves money and health care costs are reduced… a win-win!
Be Supportive and Flexible:
- You can be supportive by showing interest in her baby. Ask her questions or to see a picture of her baby. (Don't forget to listen to the answers!)
- Don't be afraid to ask questions.
- Acknowledge and applaud her decision to continue providing breastmilk to her baby, after she has come back to work.
- Don't ask her about formula, suggest formula or in any way mention formula to her. Breastmilk is the perfect and only nutrition a baby needs until 6 months of age. By supplementing, a mom could lose the ability to exclusively breastfeed.
- Recognize the positive impact her decision will make on the community.
- Encourage her to "Keep on pumping…"