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Before leaving for maternity leave, make arrangements with your supervisor, or simply discuss what your needs will be when you return in regards to nursing. You are protected by law as a nursing mother. This protection means that your employer is required to allow time for you to express milk regularly in order to continue nursing your child. However, it is not advised to go in demanding a certain amount of down time. You need to take a good look at your current schedule first and decide how many breaks you will need and what length of time. Work out a schedule you think will not take away from your current schedule that will include these breaks as a suggestion. Also, determine a prospective place to pump. If you are in a cubicle you won't have enough privacy. You will likely need an electrical outlet and an enclosed room. You will also need to determine where you will store your milk for the day. Doing this ahead of time will save you a lot of stress your first day back at work when you will be struggling to overcome leaving baby for the first time.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|