being MVP: Breastfeeding and Return to Work with Medela + #Giveaway #MedelaAtWork

Breastfeeding and Return to Work with Medela + #Giveaway #MedelaAtWork

Disclosure: I received a pump for feature from Medela. All opinions are my own.


Maternity leave was the greatest time I had with my little ones; giving them all the attention they needed and building that bond in the peaceful environment at home. When it came to an end I faced all the difficulties of any new mom going back to work.  I was worried about leaving them all day and balancing my career with my new role as a mom. One of the big challenges I faced was pumping. I was a firm believer in nursing and was determined to breastfeed as long as possible. Medela was a great asset in this process. Their products understand the needs of any working mother and assisted me greatly in almost any situation and allowed me to breastfeed my children until the age of 1 with ease and comfort.




First of all, the cost of a pump can be pretty steep for most families. Luckily, many insurance companies are now required to provide moms with a $0 co-pay breastpump. Having insurance that covers this expense is great encouragement in the struggle to continue breastfeeding when you return to work. Medela offers a variety of types of pumps that work very well and can suit every mom so find one that works for you under your insurance plan. I am definitely a fan of the Medela Freestyle® Breastpump and have recommended it to everyone due to the ease and portability of taking it to work. Hubs definitely made a great investment even though I made him go buy it at Target on Christmas Eve - one day before my due date with Kenzie because I needed to be fully prepared.



Obtaining a great pump is merely one step of breastfeeding at work. One of my big concerns was where I would be pumping. I worked in a cubicle environment and while my previous office had a room dedicated for new moms, I had not seen anything like that at my current workplace. Before maternity leave ends and even before it begins inquire into the environment you will be faced with upon your leave. When I discussed the situation with HR, they provided me an office for me to pump including a mini fridge for storage. This made life much easier to pump at work. Most employers are willing to accommodate your need and support your decision to breastfeed your child. In fact, when another employee returned from her maternity leave, they spent a great deal of time covering up her glass door so that she would have the privacy she needed to pump at work. Take the time to find out where you will be pumping, what supplies your employer will have available and what you will need to make the process comfortable for you at work.



Finally, when the time comes for you to actually make the transition back to work, be sure to have all your necessary supplies together. Consider adding a second portable pump for work so you don’t have to carry a burdensome pump to and from work all the time. However, if you are like me with only one pump, definitely invest into additional parts. Medela offers a great variety of accessories to make life simple. I bought the extra pump parts so I could have multiple sterilized parts available in the day rather than having to clean things at work. Additionally, I bought the Medela wipes to help clean in between at work as needed until I could take parts home to sterilize that day.  I kept a set of clean parts at home and a set to take to work each day so that I always was able to have a nice sterilized pair readily available. 



I also purchased quite a few of the easy Medela storage bottles and bags that I could pump directly into to make life convenient. Additionally, you’ll need a great storage cooler with ice packs to preserve your milk when traveling home. This is key in being sure to not let all your hard work go to waste. Among all these basic things associated with pumping, there are the few things that we don’t think about until we actually get back. For one thing, I liked having hand sanitizer in my office when pumping as well as spare tissues and napkins.  One of the biggest things I learned was that even though I was back at work, my clothing could not resume to normal. I was a pumping mom and to make life easy I needed to dress in a fashion that was easy to pump. Medela offers a great line of nursing bras that make this process simple. They even have the Easy Expression breastfeeding bra to allow for hands free pumping that is very useful when you are able to work while pumping. 


Medela is a reputable company that understands the needs of a woman and the challenges she faces in returning to work and all of their products reflect this. I was extremely surprised with all the solutions their products offered for the challenges I faced when I returned to work. If you have advice or need some, Medela has a dedicated resource for working moms featuring anything you want to know to help support breastfeeding at www.MedelaAtWork.com.


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49 comments:

  1. I am not returning to work, but I do pump full time as my child is fed by a feeding tube. I worry about having enough time to pump to keep my supply up.

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  2. I worry that my milk supply is going to run too low too soon :(

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  3. Having the time to pump lol

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  4. Just have a question as far as how much to pump and when...

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  5. My main concern is will pump enough milk and privacy when pumping

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  6. Making sure I can keep my supply up.

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  7. My daughter's main concern is being able to pump enough at work as a teacher to keep her milk supply enough for her baby boy.

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  8. I worry about having the time. It takes a lot of planning, for sure.

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  9. I'm concerned about having time in my work schedule to pump!

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  10. When I eventually would have to return to work, I would worry about having time in between appointments with patients to pump. I'm also worried that the stress of being at work would affect my supply.

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  11. I'm concerned about having a place to pump peacefully!

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  12. I worry I will feel rushed in the office trying to pump and get frustrated . also I know my boss if i take too many breaks won't see me as working hard so It's a difficult thing to consider.

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  13. I have changed jobs since my last 2 children and the time to pump is more difficult. And I will have to pump in my wide open classroom hoping no one tries to stop in.

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  14. The pin link for the craft was wrong for 7/10.. this is the correct one. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/417638565422402541/

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  15. I'm worried about being able to relax enough to get a good flow while pumping at work.

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  16. Finding time and a place to pump...trying to produce enough....etc.

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  17. my biggest concern is when will I have time to pump during the day. When I can hardly get a lunch break sometimes

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  18. heather hayes panjonJuly 12, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    My biggest concern is pumping enough to last throughout the day.

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  19. I was worried about privacy and making the time

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  20. My main concern about breastfeeding when going back to work is having time to pump throughout the day. I'm in the medical field and getting a break during the day is sometimes next to impossible.

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  21. THIS is exactly the breast pump on our registry! My biggest concern is having enough milk come in & finding the time & place to pump throughout the workday.

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  23. My biggest concern is will I be able to pump often enough at work to maintain my supply and provide for my daughter without sacrificing my productivity.

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  24. having to pump all the time and not getting all the work done i need to

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  25. my biggest concern is...if all the pump milk is good enough for him until I get home

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  26. /combat-pollen-tsunami-season-with.html#more entered didnt put it down correctly

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  27. My niece is back and work and what a headache trying to do this so it would be so much easier with this for her.

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  28. i'm worried about privacy

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  29. I'm worried about not producing enough milk.

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  30. I'm glad they address Rights of Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace and what employers can do to help out new moms!

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  31. I am worried that my daughter will not be able to find the time to pump when she goes back to work.

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  32. My biggest concern is being able to maintain my supply!

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  33. I actually didn't think about that - That's going to be something I'm really going to have to think about. I only have a few months left until the baby arrives, too.

    I think I'm concerned about leaking, and also finding the time, as I don't really get a break at work!

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  34. I'm going to be working part-time, and my biggest concern is getting my baby to take a bottle. Also, that my supply will dip.

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  35. I worry about privacy and time.

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  36. I'm worried about my milk supply because I really want to breast feed for a year or more. I'm also concerned about having the time to pump. My schedule changes constantly and I never know when my break might be or for how long.

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  37. keeping up with my pumping schedule so I don't "dry up"

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  38. My biggest concern is finding a place to pump at work and possible leakage.

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  39. My concern is getting the adequate amount of time for pumping

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  40. I do't know that i will have enough time to pump as often as i need to!

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  41. with my babys feeding schedule and my hours working will not go together and if i will have time to do this

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  42. My main concern would be privacy. Luckily, I've been blessed to be able to stay at home, but pumping with a toddler wouldn't be aant easier lol!!! This one is perfectly portable and that would certainly help though

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  43. My biggest concern is storing the milk until I get home.

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  44. My greatest concern is being able to pump enough for the day.

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  45. I am concerned that I won't be able to pump as frequent as I do while at home and that my supply will suffer.

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  46. Milk supply going down because a pump is not as effective as a baby can be.

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  47. I'm concerned about not having a comfortable place to do it and also not having enough time to take breaks.

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  48. I returned to work and it is very difficult taking breaks to pump.

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