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11.02.20

World Breastfeeding Week: Tip 5 – Continuing to breastfeed and going back to work

Maternity

After a few months with your baby, you may need to go back to work and you will need to consider if and how you want to continue breastfeeding.

Going back to work does not necessarily mean you have to stop breastfeeding your baby. A new pattern of feeding can be established, by replacing some breastfeeds with bottles of expressed breast milk or formula milk, or even a mixture of solid foods and milk, depending on how old your baby is when you go back to work.

It is best to introduce this new pattern of feeding gradually to minimise the impact on milk production for remaining feeds.

However, you may still notice that the stress and tiredness caused by going back to work can reduce your milk supply at times.

Depending on your place of work, you can express your breast milk during the times your baby would normally feed, and store this milk in the fridge, so that it can be given to your baby the next day instead of a breastfeed.

 

The maternity team at Hôpital de La Tour