Going Back to Work While Breastfeeding

Prep ahead of time

Pumping and bottle-feeding are easy once you get the hang of it, but getting there might take some practice. Start pumping at home three or four weeks after your baby is born, and get her used to bottle-feeding with a slow-flow bottle, like Medela Calma. The bottle will force your baby to use the same sucking motions she would while breastfeeding, so she won’t find bottle-feeding easier and start to prefer it over nursing. If you have any milk leftover, just stick it in the freezer, where it’ll last for up to 12 months.