The Covid-19 epidemic has dug into working life. Now that the offices are reopening, many are happy to be back at work. However, new mothers are going through a difficult time for their work life and child balance.
Breastfeeding is essential for the well-being of the baby. Newborns need specialized breastfeeding for the first six months for proper physical and cognitive development. Mothers need to breastfeed their babies for at least two years to provide them with proper nutritional values. It contains antibiotics that help them fight future diseases. In that case, new mothers have a dilemma of providing adequate breast milk to their babies by balancing their working life.
If you are facing the same problem, we have come up with simple tips that can help you balance your work and give your child proper nutrition.
- Buy a good quality breast pump
One of the easiest and safest ways to feed your baby is to express your milk. By expressing milk you are protecting against many diseases like breast and cervical cancer as well as giving the best food to the baby. Ask other caregivers to spoon feed your baby in your absence. A good quality express pump helps you to express every drop of milk. Sterilize the pump before expressing milk and then, express and store in a cool place. Do not use feeding bottles to feed the baby as it can be dangerous to health.
- Ask for permission to bring the child to work
If your workplace is child-friendly, you can ask the administration to arrange for the baby to stay for the first few months so that you can breastfeed your baby while you are on time.
- Try rearranging the feeding schedule
If you know in advance about joining the work, then you can try to recreate the baby’s feeding schedule. Start breastfeeding as early as possible and before going to work, express milk for lunch and then, after you return home you can manage the next round of breastfeeding. Start a week early so the baby gets used to it.
- Ask for help
The task of caring for a child never belongs to one person. Seek the help of your mother, mother-in-law, husband and others around you to take care of the child in your absence. Breastfeeding is just as important. When you express milk, they can help feed the baby.