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Health Tip: When a Working Mother Breast-Feeds

Health Tip: When a Working Mother Breast-Feeds

10/08/10

(HealthDay News) -- Keeping up the supply of breast milk can be a big challenge new mothers who return to work.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions:

  • Introduce the baby to bottle feeding at the age of 3 weeks to 4 weeks. Offering a bottle to a younger newborn is not advised.
  • Purchase or rent a breast pump, and start pumping and freezing breast milk about two weeks before you're scheduled to return to work.
  • Breast-feed your baby just before you leave in the morning and as soon as you get home. Plan a lunchtime visit and feeding, if you can.
  • Whenever you're with baby, try to breast-feed exclusively.
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