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Getting Back to Work

What to do at Home?

With some advance planning, it is possible to successfully combine work and breastfeeding.

At Home:

  • Try to stay at home as long as possible. If you delay starting working outside home until breastfeeding is well established - usually after four to six weeks - this enhances the chance for successful breastfeeding.


  • Learn to express your breastmilk and to know how to store it about two weeks before you return to work. Start to build up a supply of expressed breastmilk. You will have a better feeling if you have some breastmilk on stock when you start working.


  • Let somebody else introduce the bottle to your baby or try alternative feeding methods to feed your baby while you are away.

  • Continue to breastfeed your baby when you are at home. This will help maintain your supply.