Traveling for Business and Pumping? What You Need to Know

Q: My job requires me to travel for business. Can I bring my breast pump and pumped milk with me through airport security? Air travel within the United States is regulated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which allows breast milk and breast pumps to travel through domestic airport security. We recommend printing out the TSA procedures for traveling with children and policy on breast … Continue reading Traveling for Business and Pumping? What You Need to Know

Can I Stop Pumping When My Baby Turns One?

Q: I’ve been back to work for a while now, and my baby is over a year old. Can I stop pumping at work? If so, how do I do it without getting clogged ducts or mastitis? Heather McMackin, one of the wonderful moderators of the Breastfeed Chicago Facebook parent support group, wrote a helpful blog entry about how ditch the pump at work! She … Continue reading Can I Stop Pumping When My Baby Turns One?

What to Do if You Forgot Your Breast Pump or Parts and Need to Pump

Q: Help! I forgot my breast pump and/or pump parts at home! What do I do? It’s a pumping mom’s nightmare. You’ve left your pump or bottles at home and can’t get out of work to run back. Or you headed to a “short” offsite meeting with a colleague that went overtime and left your pump back at your desk. Now you’re bursting at the … Continue reading What to Do if You Forgot Your Breast Pump or Parts and Need to Pump

Help! My Baby’s Waking More at Night Now That I’m Back at Work

Q: My baby seems to be waking more at night since I’ve gone back to work! Why is that? We have three theories about why your baby might experience an increase in nighttime wakefulness right as you go back to work. First, many breastfeeding parents go back to work close to the three to four month mark. This stage is a big developmental growth period … Continue reading Help! My Baby’s Waking More at Night Now That I’m Back at Work

Worried You’re Not Pumping Enough for Your Baby? Try These Tips.

Q: Help! I don’t think I’m pumping enough! How do I pump more milk? Read over our answer to question five to be sure you’re not dealing with a caregiver overfeeding issue first! If your caregiver is paced feeding, and your baby is drinking 1 to 1.5 ounces per hour away from you, but you’re pumping output isn’t keeping up with baby, remember that you’re not … Continue reading Worried You’re Not Pumping Enough for Your Baby? Try These Tips.

Do I have to wash my pump parts every time I use them at work?

Q: Do I have to wash my pump parts every time I use them at work? If you have the time and space to do so, absolutely wash pump parts between uses. If you don’t have the ability to wash pump parts while at work, it’s worth investing in a second set of flanges. Bring both sets to work and wash them when you get … Continue reading Do I have to wash my pump parts every time I use them at work?

How to Store Pumped Breast Milk at Work

Q: Where do I store my milk while I am at work? The answer to this question will vary depending on the conversation you had about pumping accommodations with your employer (see question 2). Your employer may offer a communal refrigerator or a mini-fridge to store your milk in. If no fridge is available, a cooler or soft-sided storage device with ice packs can keep … Continue reading How to Store Pumped Breast Milk at Work

Where can I pump while I’m away from my baby? – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #5

To celebrate the holidays, we’re posting the top five holiday breastfeeding questions from the Breastfeed Chicago Facebook group and answers from our experts. Here is our final question!   Heading to Christkindlmarket without baby? Celebrating Kwanzaa at the DuSable Museum during naptime? Checking out “The Sound of Music” kid-free? You’ll likely need to pump if you are away from baby for longer than two or three hours. It … Continue reading Where can I pump while I’m away from my baby? – Holiday Breastfeeding Question #5

Lessons Learned About Working and Pumping

Looking back upon my first week of breastfeeding, I almost cannot remember the toe-curling pain I experienced as my newborn son and I figured things out.  I am so thankful for my loved ones who encouraged and supported me through those days.  Though I never had a  I’m-going-to-throw-in-the-towel moment, it helped to know my circle understood how important successful breastfeeding was to me.  I remember … Continue reading Lessons Learned About Working and Pumping