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Many breastfeeding mothers will return to work within a few months of giving birth and have no intention of quitting nursing. Bravo! Those mothers have probably developed a way to fit their pumping breaks into their busy schedule. This will keep you bringing home enough milk to feed the baby the next day. However, what you might not think of ahead of time is what your child will eat the first day you are back at work. While on maternity leave, you should be pumping as you can to build up a small supply to feed your child the first day you are gone, but also a few extra bottles for the days you arrive later than expected or just in case. If you do not, and your child has never before had formula, they may refuse to eat, have an upset stomach or take your absence even more harshly.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|