Last Reviewed: August 11 2016
Six Months and Beyond
Returning to work or school
I am returning to work/school, can I keep breastfeeding?
When you return to work or school your right to breastfeed is protected under law. Women should not be discriminated against in any way because they have chosen to breastfeed. A supportive environment can be created with minimal disruption. Some mothers worry that they have to stop breastfeeding when they return to work or school. With some planning, you can continue to breastfeed for as long as you and your child want.
- Find a caregiver or child care provider who supports your decision to continue breastfeeding.
- Talk to your employer about options like working part-time, job-sharing, or working from home part of the time.
- Find out if your workplace has a workplace breastfeeding policy, a room where you could express and store your breast milk or where you can breastfeed your child.
- Talk to your employer about the benefits to the employer: Breastfeeding employees miss less work time with sick children and breastfeeding employees have fewer costs to family drug benefit plans.
Peel Public Health - Workplace Health: Information on workplaces and breastfeeding as well as tips to maintain a healthy work-life balance
Tips to continue breastfeeding once you return to work or school:
- Usually 10 to15 minutes of pumping is all that is needed once or twice during the time you are at work or school to maintain your milk supply. Some employee benefit plans cover the cost of a pump.
- Look at a photo of your baby while pumping to help with milk flow
- You can store the milk you express in a cooler bag or refrigerator