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  • Sunday, 17 Aug 2008

WHY should I consider balancing breastfeeding and work?

  • It’s free and is a perfect food for the baby

  • Breast milk is easier to digest

  • For a healthier baby

  • Saves time

  • Close bonding

  • Healthy mother

    How can I balance breastfeeding and work?

  • Delay return to work

  • Work from home

  • Work flexible hours

  • Express breast milk at work

  • Breastfeed at home. Your baby can have expressed breast milk when you are at work

  • Use childcare centres on-site or near work place

  • Bring baby to work

    What should I do before my baby arrives?

  • Find support for breastfeeding

  • Talk to your supervisor or employee representative about your entitlements

  • Request for maternity leave

    What should I do before I return to work?

  • Talk to other mothers who have combined breastfeeding and work

  • Talk to your immediate superior about how you can continue breastfeeding and working

  • Choose your childcare provider

  • Learn to express your breast milk and get support

  • Get advice from a breastfeeding information bureau before you use the breast pump

    How do I express, store and transport my expressed breast milk?

  • Decide what to use to express – your hand or a breast pump

  • Find a clean, private room to express

  • Store breast milk in fridge (two to three days) or freezer (up to three months)

  • Use plastic or glass containers or milk bags

  • Transport breast milk in cold container

    How do I successfully express?

  • Wash hands before expressing

  • Clean equipment

  • If you’re using a breast pump, read instructions carefully

  • Relax when expressing

  • Massage breasts before expressing

  • Store breast milk safely

  • Look after yourself

    How often do I need to express?

  • As often as your baby feeds

    How much do I need to express?

  • As much as you can

    What information do I give my childcare provider about using expressed breast milk?

  • Thaw expressed milk slowly in cool or warm water (do not use a microwave oven)

  • Use cup or bottle to give baby breast milk

  • Discard thawed breast milk if not used within 60 minutes.

    If I am not able to express enough breast milk for my baby, what do I do?

  • Have your expressing method checked by a breastfeeding counsellor

  • Express more often

  • Breastfeed more often at home

  • If you’re using a breast pump, try another type of pump

  • Take it easy and relax

  • Adapted from the Balancing Breastfeeding and Work brochure by Breastfeeding Information Bureau Malaysia sponsored by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (Maternity Protection).

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