Returning to work and breast-pumping has been interesting. Number one, I’ve had a boob explosion and had to run out of a meeting to pump, and number two, I’ve had to explain that my breast milk in the fridge is in fact BREAST milk, not for your tea mister! While it can be difficult at times – mostly due to the fact that nobody can really understand what you’re going through – there are ways to help you through this process. I’ll admit, the first week was a bit weird but now it’s normal. The best way for it to be normal is for you to act like it’s normal. Anyway, here are my tips for Mums that are continuing to breastfeed when they return to work….

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36 thoughts on “8 Tips for Working Mums Who Are Breastfeeding”

  1. I’ve always wondered how accommodating employers are. They asked if I needed pumping breaks when I returned but thought if I did how would they go about it? U didn’t even have time to sit and look at emails let alone pumping time. Pumping on a home visit with 2 other people? Not gonna happen.
    Good to hear some people make it work though!

  2. Great vlog Meagan! You make me smile 😀 I love the B.P.S…they will never know what’s in your black bag haha. You’re such a natural and very personable on camera, can’t wait for the next. Thank you for hosting #stayclassymama and for my nomination, I’m very flattered xx

  3. Love this video! Breast pumping bag! Whoooop. I’ll be doing this in September so really good tips. Never thought of photos or videos that should definitely help. Plus your kid- omg so very cute! #stayclassymama

  4. I love your vlogs! Really great tips, especially to connecting new mums in your work, and finding someone at work to support you #stayclassy

  5. I take my hat off to you. It’s not easy, but you seem to have a good handle on it. The things women have to do, eh? Colleagues would be oblivious to everything you are doing ON TOP of performing in your job. My friend left her breast milk in the work fridge and a colleague put it in their tea. She never let on! Alison x #StayClassyMum

  6. I need to show this to my sister… I didn’t breastfeed so didn’t have to deal with any issues related to that, but I can imagine its not easy! #stayclassymama

  7. Great video. Didn’t know about the pictures/video tip so that was actually really useful to learn and I liked the “getting things of off your chest” in number 8, whether it was intentional or not. *Snigger* #Stayclassymama

  8. Thank you for this – I’m going back in a few months and not sure at what point I’ll be at with my breastfeeding “journey”. With my first, I was a little severe in my weaning strategy so that I didn’t have to pump at work but I don’t want to force my second to cut down before she’s ready. I like your point about acting like it’s normal even if it doesn’t feel like it, then others are more inclined to treat it as being normal too. #stayclassymama

  9. Great video and some fab tips!! I’m a SAHM so didn’t have this issue but I can imagine that it is difficult for those going back to work! Thanks for sharing. #stayclassy

  10. I can imagine that this must be really tricky. I found just bfing in public really hard nevermind having to express or store it at work. I think it’s fab that you just get on and do it without all the self consciousness. You go Mama! #Stayclassy

  11. I’m mega impressed with working mamas who pump – I don’t think I could have managed it. I was never great at pumping – I had to do two pumping sessions to get enough milk for one feed – so I didn’t bother to do it much, since I was with the Popple 99% of the time anyway. I’m back at work now but she’s 12 months old, so she gets cow’s milk at nursery and boob morning/night. My pump has been retired, but I think it’s awesome that you’re keeping yours going.

    Keep on boobin’!


  12. Ah Meagan these are such good tips. It’s not something that applies to me but I know a lot of people decide to stop breastfeeding rather than pumping at work and it seems such a shame. I am sure this will be really useful to lots of mums going back to work! #stayclassymama

  13. Brilliant, so many Mums will be able to relate to this and find it really helpful and encouraging. All your tips were fab, being honest with your co workers was a good one and an extra bra -always needed that! Thanks for hosting x #stayclassymama

  14. Best tip has to be putting the time in your diary!! I learnt very quickly when I went back to block this time when I was leaking from my day just running away!! My current predicament is whether or not to pump for my second baby due back to work in 7 weeks and still undecided! #stayclassymama

  15. Fab vlog…you are very engaging. Great tips…love the BPS. We’ll all know what’s in your black bag on Saturday! I think being honest is so important, a lot of time people just want information and then it’s normal. Love the double bye at the end! #stayclassymama

  16. You’re so sweet! Love the BPB! Defo agree about finding support from other mums work. We actually had a breast milk fridge solely for expressing Mums!!!


  17. Pumping never worked for me (it was like ‘if it ain’t got teeth I’m not giving up my milk’) so had to stop BF before I went back to work. Glad you’ve found a way to make it work for you though.Might give this blogging a go myself – it looks like fun. #stayclassymama

  18. Great vlog! You are such a natural in front of the camera 🙂 I have never been in this situation because I was lucky enough to stay home with baby 1 for 14 months before having to return to work but I found your tips very helpful and simple. #stayclassymama

  19. Just be thankful you’re allowed to breast feed and work. For many women in years gone by, it was never an option! The world evolves and we don’t even notice sometimes.

  20. Impressed with you for 1) returning to work and breastfeeding and 2) doing a vlog. Though you are a total natural in front of the camera and the tip for bringing a spare bra is so simple it’s genius ! #stayclassy

  21. Thankfully I only had to pump at work for a couple of months before my LO dropped daytime feeds, so I could stop expressing then. It was a bit of a pain, although the break was nice 🙂
    It’s great that you’re talking about it because the more people discuss these things, the more it normalises them.
    Thanks for hosting #stayclassymama and for my nomination – I’m well excited! 🙂

  22. Ah good luck! It’s actually not that bad, once you get into the swing of things it’s feels normal : )

  23. What a great vlog, so well put together. I’m not returning to work but there are some great tips, love the black bag idea, glad your first week went well #bigpinklink

  24. Brilliant vlog!! Such a natural!!!!! These are really great tips for anyone returning to work and needing to pump-I especially was interested by the process being helped by looking at pictures of your baby!! It’s fab that you’ve been able to keep it up at work!!

  25. Really interesting & good advice! I used to pump along with feeding with my first & would have hated to have to do it at work. I had to do it once on a course & that was horrible! #stayclassy

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