Active Duty Moms
- Some mothers pump at work, and save milk for their childcare provider to give to baby
- Some mothers leave formula with the sitter, but breastfeed at home
- Talk with your supervisor about your options for pumping at work
- Attend an Active Duty Pregnancy Resource Workshop (619) 556-7404
- For the first 3 – 4 weeks, just focus on establishing your milk supply by breastfeeding frequently
- Once you have a good milk supply, pump once or twice a day, and save the milk in the freezer
- Once your baby is breastfeeding well, offer a small amount of expressed milk in a bottle so your baby gets used to taking a bottle
- Once you return to work, your milk supply may dip during the week. Breastfeed frequently when you are at home to build up your milk supply again.
Check out this great resource for active duty breastfeeding moms!
Help at Home
- It will be important for you to rest. Discuss how to streamline housework and errands.
- Your partner can protect you from unwanted visitors by asking them to give you time to rest, or to give you some privacy when it’s time for you to breastfeed.
- Your partner can help take care of the baby by giving baths, changing diapers, holding and carrying your baby, taking baby for walks, etc.
YOUR PARTNER CAN
- Attend breastfeeding classes with you
- Attend parenting classes for new dads (Boot Camp for New Dads 619-532-6896)
- Attend prenatal WIC appointments with yoU
- Give your home a good cleaning and stock up on groceries
- Find someone who can help take care of you as you rest and recover from the birth
- Ask visitors to help out by bringing meals or groceries
- Save up to hire a postpartum doula if no one else is available to help you
(A doula is a woman who provides practical help and emotional support to new moms. Some women ask for this as a baby shower gift. You can find one at www.dona.org, www.cappa.net, www.childbirthinternational.com)
PLAN SOME EASY WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
- Get in the habit of going for a walk every day (unless medically contra-indicated)
- Keep in touch with other breastfeeding moms or a supportive friend
La Leche League is an organization where you can meet other breastfeeding moms.
You can also get to know other pregnant moms by attending the New Moms Survival Training at NMCSD (619) 532-6848
- Arrange play dates for your older children
- Set up a ‘nursing nook’ where your older children can play while you breastfeed
- Keep a box of toys, books, and DVDs for your older children to use when you are breastfeeding
- Use a sling so you can move around and have your hands free while breastfeeding
Many “Mommy and Me” programs for preschoolers allow you to bring your baby along, too.