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Going Back to Work

Going back to work or school soon? You'll want to start thinking about how you will feed your baby. You may express breast milk so that others can feed your baby. Or maybe you will visit your baby at their child care provider during your lunch break and breastfeed. Planning ahead can make the transition easier.

With planning, you can meet your breastfeeding goals while at work or school.

Before you head back, talk to your employer or school about your needs. Is there a space for you to express milk? How can you adjust your break times to help with pumping? You'll want to get answers to these questions ahead of time. That way, your first day back goes more smoothly.

You should also talk with your baby's caregiver about why breastfeeding is important to you and how they can support you. You can also help your baby practice taking breast milk in a bottle. With a little advanced planning, you've got this!

Learn how to transition back to work or school easily.

Start planning!

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