Pumping at work: Getting comfortable

If you're combining work and breastfeeding, you'll need to find a place to pump during the day, preferably with your supervisor's help.

When expressing milk at work, privacy is of the essence for moms, especially for those who have a bit of difficulty letting-down.

See if there is an empty office or conference room where you can shut (lock) the door and feel secure that no one will barge in on you. I know that can be difficult at many workplaces.

Follow the relaxing routine you will have established for pumping in those weeks prior to returning to work. Don't forget to bring a piece of your baby's clothing or a blanket and his picture. Enjoy a drink and easy-to-eat snack or your lunch. You might want to bring along a portable CD player and listen to your favorite relaxing music with headphones. Close you eyes, shut out the world, think of your sweet baby and let your milk flow.

Keep in mind that restrooms are really not appropriate places to pump because they lack privacy, cleanliness and the necessary electrical outlets. If you can't find a private place in the office many moms have found that pumping in their car is better suited for relaxed pumping -- a vehicle lighter adapter is available for most breastpumps.

Get very comfortable when pumping. Drape one of your baby's blankets (with his sweet baby scent) around your shoulders. You may find that starting out with a few minutes of hand expression allows you to let-down more quickly. Once your milk begins to spray you can switch to the pump. Relax -- think about your little one, look at his picture and visualize your milk flowing. Let the sound of the pump be your cue to slip into a deep relaxation.

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