When or if you return to work depends on your work options, career requirements, financial situation, lifestyle and needs. As well as having to cope with the practical issues of balancing work and home, you may find separation from your baby is traumatic for both of you.
TIP: If expressing, take with you a sterilised pump and container for the milk, as well as an insulated bag and freezer brick for travel.
Breastfeeding and work
When you decide to return to work, you have three options:
1. Breastfeed morning and night, and express and store milk at work (or breastfeed at work if you have childcare close by).
2. Breastfeed morning and night, with formula feeds during the day. Start this a few weeks in advance, to allow your breasts to adjust.
3. Wean completely. If this is the plan, start one month before going back to work.
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