If possible, take as much time off as you can before returning to work or school.
At least six weeks of leave can help you recover from childbirth and settle into a routine. Twelve weeks is even better.
Going back to work or school can make you happy, sad, or both. This is normal. You may have lots of questions about how you will keep breastfeeding. Being prepared will help ease your mind.
Keep in mind that returning to work or school gradually gives you more time to adjust.Let them know you won’t take time beyond what you need. Whether your time spent expressing milk is paid or unpaid, you can offer to make it up. And when it comes to finding a place to pump, offer creative solutions, such as offices, areas that can be blocked off, storage closets or even your car with window coverings.
Talk with your childcare provider. It is important to find a childcare provider that supports breastfeeding and will feed your baby stored breast milk while you are at work.