Did your breastfeeding relationship start off differently than you expected?

Danae
New York, NY
Breastfeeding Challenges

When her premature baby was taken to the NICU after being born, one mom feared she wouldn’t be able to breastfeed as planned: “I was very nervous that it wouldn’t work, and I knew I’d be so upset with myself if I couldn’t make it happen.” Hear how things turned out—despite the unexpected turn of events.

Danae's Tips

  • Consider a hospital-grade pump. “I started having supply issues after going back to work. Renting the hospital-grade Symphony® for the office was a game changer. My supply just kept going up.”

  • Simplify the morning rush. “My commute can be hectic. Having a pump at work meant one less thing to carry into the office.”

  • Stock up during maternity leave. “I wish I’d built up a stash before going back to work. It was stressful enough getting back into the work rhythm, but I was also worrying about my supply.”

  • Be open with your employer. “Talking with your employer about pumping can be awkward. But by being transparent, I knew my supervisor was okay with me leaving meetings to pump.”

  • Breastfeeding doesn’t always start off perfectly. “My son was in the NICU and I wasn’t able to breastfeed right away. I put a lot of pressure on myself because I thought nursing had to start with the baby directly nursing. That didn’t happen for us, but we have a great nursing relationship a year later.”