Working & Breastfeeding
Tips, FAQs & Links for Families
Working & Breastfeeding
Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I breastfeed?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life, followed by complementary foods in combination with breastfeeding, until at least 12 months of age. After that breastfeeding should be continued for as long as desired by mother and baby.

How long can I store breastmilk?
Please visit CDC's website for information on the proper storage of breastmilk.

Are there laws on breastfeeding?
Yes, please visit the Breastfeeding Laws page for information about state and federal breastfeeding laws.

Where else can I find answers to questions about breastfeeding?
Please visit the Breastfeeding Help page or Online Resources for Parents & Families page for information and resources about breastfeeding.

Where can I get help with getting a pump?
If you are on WIC and will be returning to work, ask about getting a pump. If you have private insurance, call your insurance company to ask what pump they provide and how to get it. You may also ask your medical provider for information and assistance. For information on obtaining a breast pump, visit  the HealthCare.gov website.

What are my options for different pumps?
Please visit fda.gov and workandpump.com for information about different types of pumps.
10 Tips for Returning to Work or School

1. Make a breastfeeding plan. Go to breastfeedingpartners.org to see an example of a breastfeeding plan.

2. During your pregnancy speak with your employer about where you can express milk on your breaks.

3. Get breastfeeding off to a good start. Visit the Breastfeeding Help page for a list of San Joaquin County organizations who are eager to help you and your baby have a wonderful breastfeeding experience.

4. After the first few weeks of breastfeeding begin pumping and storing your milk each day.

5. Choose a childcare provider close to where you live or work. This may make it possible for you to breastfeed your baby on your lunch break. You can provide your childcare provider with your milk so that the baby can be fed your breast milk when he/she is there.

6. Give your baby breast milk from a bottle once a day, about two weeks before your baby begins attending childcare. Use a newborn or slow-flow nipple.

7. About two weeks prior to returning to work start practicing the sleeping and feeding schedule that you will be following when you return to work.

8. The week before returning to work practice taking your baby to the childcare provider. Pump on the schedule you will use at work. 

9. Pack your bag and your baby’s bag each night before you go to work. 

10. If you can, return to work on a Wednesday or Thursday. You need time to get used to how long it takes to get ready in the morning with a new baby. Your first week back may be an adjustment for you and for your family.
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