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?
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).
Balancing work with breastfeeding