07 Apr Navigating Breastfeeding at Work
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with author and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Nancy Mohrbacher about how to support breastfeeding women at work and help them navigate pumping. For any person facing the end of maternity leave and wondering about they will be able to manage keeping their supply and breastfeeding routine going outside the home, this episode will offer solid tips and guidance. Please enjoy!
Covered in this episode:
- A little about Nancy, how she got started in the career supporting women during breastfeeding time
- How a mother can prepare to go back to work and still continue to breastfeed
- How early should some start pumping and saving.
- Is there a certain amount of stored milk you recommend?
- Common problems women run into when returning to work and pumping
- Recommended strategies to help someone set up a good pumping routine
- Finding the right pump for you.
- General rule of thumb for how much someone should pump- length and frequency of pumping sessions
- Getting the most out of a pumping session, making pumping more effective
- Tips to make pumping easier at work
- The “magic number” for breastfeeding and figuring out your own magic number
- Keeping supply plentiful when back at work and pumping
- Do the lactation teas and cookies really help w supply?
- More about Nancy and what she is up to!
How Much Milk to Expect to Pump: http://www.nancymohrbacher.
The Magic Number and long-term supply: http://www.nancymohrbacher.
My book, Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple (in paperback and ebook): https://www.amazon.com/
Free downloadable caregiver handout on paced bottle-feeding: http://www.nancymohrbacher.
Short videos on how employers in different industries support breastfeeding: https://www.womenshealth.gov/
My website and blog (with a section for employed mothers): www.NancyMohrbacher.com
My app is Breastfeeding Solutions and is available through the App Store and Google Play.
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, and author of several books including Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, and Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple, fell in love with breastfeeding while nursing her three sons, Carl, Peter, and Ben, who are now grown. In 1982, before the lactation profession existed, she began working as a volunteer mother-support counselor and found her passion: helping women meet their breastfeeding goals.
Board-certified as a lactation consultant in 1991, from 1993 to 2003 she started and grew a large private lactation practice in the Chicago area, where she saw thousands of families. Since then, she’s worked for a major breast-pump company and a national corporate lactation program. Currently, she speaks at events around the world and contracts with hospitals to help improve breastfeeding practices. Her mission is to simplify life for new mothers, many of whom–without realizing it–make breastfeeding more complicated than it needs to be.
To accomplish her mission, Nancy develops innovative breastfeeding education and tools. Her textbooks for breastfeeding specialists, Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple (BAMS) and its BAMS Pocket Guide Edition, are used worldwide. She co-authored (with Julie Stock) all three editions of The Breastfeeding Answer Book, a research-based counseling guide that sold more than 130,000 copies internationally.
Her books for parents include Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, which she co-authored with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple, and her tiny troubleshooting guide Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges. Its companion Breastfeeding Solutions app has more than 30,000 downloads and is available on the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.
In 2008 the International Lactation Consultant Association officially recognized Nancy’s contributions to the field of breastfeeding by awarding her the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association. Nancy was one of the first group of 16 to be recognized for their lifetime achievements in breastfeeding.