Now that you’ve purchased your pump, you may be wondering how you’re going to get that liquid gold (breast milk) to your baby.
How Can I Convince My Employer to Give Me Time to Pump at Work?
After having a baby, you don’t need to let the fact that you’re going back to work dictate how long you can breastfeed your baby. In fact, there are many mothers in Israel who continue to breastfeed their babies long after they’ve returned to work. The most convenient way for you to continue keeping up your supply is to use a breast pump. A breast pump can come in all different styles and features. There are several things to consider before purchasing a breast pump, so it’s very important to consult your options with a breastfeeding specialist. They will be able to help you choose the correct pump for you to use at work or wherever you choose to pump. I recommend my clients to buy Medela Israel products because they are the most reliable pumps on the market.
Now that you’ve purchased your pump, you may be wondering how you’re going to pump at work. You may be worried that your other co-workers will be over sensitive to public breastfeeding or pumping. Or you’re worried that your boss will be uptight about you taking breaks to pump at work.
Help your employer consider this:
- If employees are given smoking break time, which serves no benefit to my employer, why can’t I get milk-pumping time (15-20 minutes-3x per day) which does benefit my employer?
- Breastfeeding mothers use less days of sick leave because their babies are healthier than formula fed babies. Say to your employer: “My baby needs my milk for medical reasons.”
- Breastfeeding mothers decrease their risk of getting uterine cancer and breast cancer compared to non-lactating mothers.
- “I want to prevent medical costs for me and my family; which makes me a very reliable employee. I can concentrate on my job better knowing my baby gets the best quality feeding.”
After all, breastfeeding should be a win-win for you and me!