- Learn to express your breast milk soon after your baby is born. (CC 9)
- Breastfeed exclusively and frequently for the whole period that you are with your baby.
- Express and store breast milk before you leave your home so that your baby’s caregiver can feed your baby while you are away.
- Express breast milk while you are away from your baby. This will keep the milk flowing and prevent breast swelling.
- Teach your baby’s caregiver how to use a clean open cup to feed your baby while you are away.
- Expressed breast milk (stored in a cool, covered place) stays in good condition for 8 hours, even in a hot climate.
- Take extra time for the feeds before separation from baby and when you return home.
- Increase the number of feeds while you are with the baby. This means increasing night and weekend feedings.
- If possible, carry the baby with you to your work place (or anytime you have to go out of the home for more than a few hours). If this is not possible, consider having someone bring the baby to you to breastfeed when you have a break.
- Get extra support from family members in caring for your baby and other children, and for doing household chores.
Notes for a working mother with formal employment:
- Get your employer’s consent for:
- breastfeeding breaks at your work place and flexible working hours • safe storage of expressed breast milk at your work place
Breastfeeding - Expressing breastmilk - 02B - Non-country specific by UNICEF/URC-CHS