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Many women around the world return to work or school and continue to provide breastmilk for their babies.

“I want to breastfeed when I go back to work or return to school.”

  • Before you take your maternity leave, talk with your employer or school counselor about your intention to breastfeed when you return to work/school.
  • Know your rights. Federal law requires employers to provide break times for employees to pump for up to one year after the baby's birth, as well as a private place to do so.
  • Remember to breastfeed often to build up a good milk supply.
  • Stay hydrated!
  • Obtain a quality breast pump from WIC or your health plan.
  • Begin pumping and storing your breastmilk about two weeks before your return to work/school date.
  • Work out a schedule about when you will need to take a break to pump while at work/school.
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