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Breastfeeding Even After Returning to Work

Jul 11, 2008
Extensive research has shown that human milk contains the best mix of proteins, lipids and other nutrients for developing infants. This research has proven that breast-fed infants have lower mortality rates, fewer ear infections and allergies and less gastro-intestinal illness than formula-fed babies, and mothers seem to know this.

A recent study at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., asked 150 mothers who had just given birth whether they planned to breast-feed or bottle-feed their infants. Sixty- one percent of the women expecting to work full time in the next few months intended to breast-feed, something that would be nearly impossible several years ago.

Employers are becoming more and more accepting of breast-feeding moms who need to take time off to use a breast pump during the work day. Hundreds of companies provide "lactation programs" that include rooms to breast-feed or use a breast pump and break time in which to do it.

Breastfeeding your baby once meant having your baby at your side twenty-four/seven, particularly during the first six to twelve months of life.

This is no longer true. Among today's working moms, using a breast pump allow many women to give their baby the benefits of breast milk even when they can't be with the baby all the time.

A Breast pump is a device designed to help you package your nurturing mother's milk by expressing your milk, then storing it in the refrigerator to use for later bottle feedings. This not only offers mothers and infants the convenience of not needing to be together all the time, it also allows other family members the opportunity to feed the baby without compromising the health benefits of breast milk.

The benefits of the modern breast pump are amazing. They work remarkably well and in the case of the double pumps -- which express milk from both breasts simultaneously -- the whole process is very quick and easy. Most importantly, using a breast pump makes breastfeeding possible for almost every mother and baby.

Some health insurance and medical assistance will pay for a breast pump purchase -- or for a rental. And some community health organizations will lend a breast pump to low-income moms.

Today, women who return to the workplace after having babies are just as likely to breast-feed as their counterparts who stay home, a new University of Florida study finds.

You already know that breast milk is the finest nourishment you can offer your baby. Now ease your mind, knowing that there are many options and resources to assist you to breastfeed you baby, even should you decide to return to the work place .
About the Author
Using a breast pump (http://gotbreastpump.com/) offers moms and babies the benefits of breast milk without having to be together all the time. The author Art Gib is a freelance writer.
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