What do you wish you knew about balancing work and pumping?

New York, NY
Work & Pumping

Life with a newborn baby brings its own set of unique challenges—including the back-to-work transition. Building up a stash of breast milk before going back to work after maternity leave can help reduce some of the stress. That’s according to one mom who’s experienced the back-to-work transition. Hear her tips and advice for other things she wished she’d done.

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.”