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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Going Back to Work

Breastfeeding does not need to stop just because a mother returns to work. Tell your employer in advance. There are several options you can take:

  • Arrange childcare close to work so that you can breastfeed during breaks
  • Express your milk so that someone else can feed your baby
  • Ask your employers for flexible working hours arranged around breastfeeding

Expressing milk

If you work, you may find it very useful to use a breast pump to express breast milk. Using a pump can help to keep up the supply of breast milk, and the expressed milk can be used by someone else, such as your partner, for feeding
the baby while you are at work. There are many types of breast pump, hand pumps and battery or electric pumps. They should be sterilized before use. To maintain the milk supply the Mother must express as often as the baby would

The recommendations for storing expressed breast milk are as follows:

  • up to five days in the main part of a fridge at a temperature of 4°C or lower
  • up to two weeks in the freezer compartment of a fridge
  • up to six months in a domestic freezer at a temperature of minus 18°C or lower). Frozen breast milk should be defrosted in the fridge. It should not be re-frozen after it has thawed. Do not defrost or warm frozen breast milk in a microwave oven.