1. Your milk starts leaking while you’re in the middle of an important meeting. When your breasts start filling up with milk, the only solution is to excuse yourself from the meeting and express your milk.
Ideally, you have to make sure you empty your breasts first before attending any scheduled meeting. You can also try putting on breast pads to help absorb the leakage before it shows on your top. Stock up with extra pads so you can change throughout the day. Apply gentle, even pressure on the nipples to stop the leakage.
There are also plastic shields that may be worn against the nipple to control leakage.
According to the La Leche League International, an international breastfeeding advocacy organization, wet spots can be camouflaged by printed tops. Milk stains are more noticeable on monochromatic tops.
Sooner or later, leakage will cease being a problem as your body adjusts and regulates milk production.
2. You filled up all your baby’s bottles with breast milk, yet your breasts are still engorged. You can continue pumping but discard the excess milk, or stop the pumping session, buy a new feeding bottle at a nearby store, sterilize it, then resume pumping your breasts.
Stock up with plastic disposable bottle liners that are easier to carry and store for emergencies such as this. It’s still best to bring extra bottles, especially if your milk production has not yet adjusted to your work schedule and you’re still unsure how much breast milk you’ll be able to pump in the office.
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3. There is no breastfeeding room in your office and you’re not comfortable doing it in the ladies’ room. Not all work places are breastfeeding-friendly , and not all restrooms are as sanitary. Any vacant room with a lock, a small conference room, a cubicle, or even a far corner with filing cabinets as walls could be a good place to pump or express your milk.
Remember, though, that expressing milk using a manual or electric breast pump can make noises that may distract others, so be mindful of this when considering where and when to do your breastpumping session.
4. You fear that your baby will not feed on your breasts directly after feeding from bottles. To avoid nipple confusion, the La Leche League International advises moms to introduce bottled breast milk only after exclusively breastfeeding for six weeks. By this time, breastfeeding and your milk supply should be well established. Ask Daddy or someone else to give the bottle to your baby, and try not to be present while baby is feeding.
Reaping The Benefits There are loads of benefits that breastfeeding can provide to both mother and child, but nothing tops the fact that breastfeeding is truly the most intimate bonding time a mother and her baby can spend with each other.