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Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Internet Resources

FamilyDoctor.org: Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
This site answers some of the frequently asked questions about breastfeeding and pumping breast milk after returning to work.

Breastfeeding and Your Return to Work or School
A pamphlet from the California Pacific Medical Center that includes strategies and tips for breastfeeding while working or in school, and a checklist for preparing to return to work after maternity leave.

Womenshealth.gov: Going Back to Work
This site from the National Women’s Health Information Center emphasizes the importance of planning ahead to ease the transition of going back to work.

Working and Breastfeeding
The La Leche League provides information, support, and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers, including a section of resources designed specifically for working mothers.


  • Nursing Mother, Working Mother: the Essential Guide to Breastfeeding your Baby. Pryor G. 2007
  • The Working Gal’s Guide to Babyville. Hobey P. 2006
  • Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk. West D. 2009

Programs and Support

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

This class is for the woman who plans on returning to work or school, either full-time or part-time, and wants to continue providing breast milk for her baby. Topics included: Making the "Plan", introducing the bottle, pumping and storing breast milk and maintaining professionalism. Also on hand: Representatives from several breast pump companies will be available to demonstrate their pumps and accessories. You will be given the opportunity to handle the pumps, and ask questions regarding their products and services. There will also be a panel discussion of mothers who have made the transition. Partners are not required to attend; quiet babies are welcome.

To register, please call (312) 926-8400 or http://classes.nmh.org/listing/detail/Breastfeeding%2Band%2BReturning%2Bto%2BWork

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateOctober 30, 2012