Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Episode 28-Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Breastfeeding in the workplace is an important topic for women since many new moms work full-time.

Although many women want to continue to breastfeed when they return to work, it can be a daunting experience. Many choose to give it up because they feel discouraged and unsupported.

Mary Muse, a International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, shares valuable information about the in’s and out’s of breastfeeding for new moms.

We discuss ways that employers can make the workplace a breastfeeding-friendly environment and the laws that have been enacted to allow women to nurse at work.

We also talk about how continuing to nurse has enormous health benefits for moms and babies, and how providing a breastfeeding-friendly workplace profits employers.

Finally, Mary gives advice to breastfeeding moms on what they can do to help make nursing in the workplace easier.

 

 

 

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

More About Mary Muse

Mary Muse is the founder of Mary Muse Consulting, Every Family Breastfeeding. Since 2011, she has been practicing as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

In addition to her IBCLC certification, Mary holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Mary provides virtual prenatal breastfeeding classes and in-home breastfeeding consultations. She breastfed while working full-time. 

 

Breastfeeding in the WorkplaceEvery Family Breastfeeding

Mary Muse will teach you the basics of breastfeeding basics from the comfort of your home. In this 90 minute one-to-one session with Mary, you and your partner will receive evidence-based, non-judgemental advice, and breastfeeding information from Board Certified Lactation Consultant with over 15 years of experience helping families and teaching breastfeeding.

Recommended Reading for Breastfeeding

Additional Breastfeeding Resources

IBCLCs help with:

  • ✔ Prenatal counseling about the factors that may affect breastfeeding and lactation
  • ✔ Basic position and latch of the infant
  • ✔ Information about practices that promote successful breastfeeding and lactation
  • ✔ Preventing and managing common concerns such as poor latch, inadequate milk transfer or supply, nipple or breast pain, and calming a fussy baby
  • ✔ Milk expression and storage for parents who must be separated from their babies
  • ✔ Strategies for breastfeeding and lactation after returning to work
  • ✔ Breastfeeding and lactation in challenging situations, such as feeding twins or triplets, a premature or sick infant, or infants in special medical situations.

 

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Going Back to Work After Baby

Going Back to Work After BabyEpisode 23–Going Back to Work After Baby

Special guest, Ambrielle Smith, offers practical advice for mothers going back to work after a baby.

As an educator and mother of two babies, she knows the struggle of juggling work and family.

She shares some things that a mom of a new baby might want to stock up on before returning to work. 

She also gives clothing suggestions to postpartum moms for dressing comfortably, but fashionably.

After returning from maternity leave, Ambriell shared that it’s easy to return to work thinking you can do all of the things you used to do before the baby was born. But with the responsibilities of a new baby, she emphasizes the importance of setting additional boundaries.

Finally, we end our discussion talking about the challenges of breastfeeding as a working mom. She gives advice on things to do to make that process a little easier.

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More About Ambriell SmithGoing Back to Work After Baby

Ambriell Smith is an educator who works with the Houston ISD.  In addition to being an educator, Ambriell is a budding entreprenuer.  She owns and operates Onyx Pearl Designs, an arts and crafts, clothing store. She and her husband, Sean, live in Houston with their two children.