WHY should I consider balancing breastfeeding and work?It’s free and is a perfect food for the babyBreast milk is easier to digestFor a healthier babySaves timeClose bondingHealthy mother
How can I balance breastfeeding and work?
What should I do before my baby arrives?Find support for breastfeedingTalk to your supervisor or employee representative about your entitlementsRequest for maternity leave
What should I do before I return to work?Talk to other mothers who have combined breastfeeding and workTalk to your immediate superior about how you can continue breastfeeding and workingChoose your childcare providerLearn to express your breast milk and get supportGet 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 pumpFind a clean, private room to expressStore breast milk in fridge (two to three days) or freezer (up to three months)Use plastic or glass containers or milk bagsTransport breast milk in cold container
How do I successfully express?Wash hands before expressingClean equipmentIf you’re using a breast pump, read instructions carefullyRelax when expressingMassage breasts before expressingStore breast milk safelyLook 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 milkDiscard 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 counsellorExpress more oftenBreastfeed more often at homeIf you’re using a breast pump, try another type of pumpTake 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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