Start thinking about how you will express milk at work or school before you return.
Start pumping at least 2 weeks before you return to work or school so you can freeze your breast milk ahead of time.
Pumping and expressing milk at HOME
Pumping and expressing milk at WORK/SCHOOL
Change can be hard…
• And remember: any amount of breast milk is beneficial. If you are struggling or feel like you are not pumping enough milk to feed your baby, please call the WIC office to talk with one of our breastfeeding specialists.
If you are pumping breast milk for your baby to have while you’re away, it is important to know how to store and prepare breast milk in a safe way. You can also share these guidelines and tips with your baby’s daycare provider or caretaker.
Start CLEAN to keep breast milk safe
|Countertop or table||Room temp. (77°F or colder)||Up to 4 hours|
|Refrigerator||40°F or colder||Up to 4 days|
|Freezer with separate door||0°F or colder;||Within 6 months is best, up to 12 months in acceptable|
Although you are not required to warm bottles that have been refrigerated, some babies may not like it cold. If you choose to warm your stored breast milk, here are some great tips:
Call your local WIC office and ask to speak with one of our breastfeeding specialists! You can also find more information here.
If you’d like to introduce a bottle to your breastfed baby, you might consider waiting until your baby is breastfeeding well (3-4 weeks old). Sometimes introducing a bottle earlier can make it harder for your baby to learn to breastfeed.
If your baby is not breastfeeding well in the first few weeks, it may be necessary to introduce a bottle earlier. Make sure to ask for help if you are struggling with learning to breastfeed. We are here to help!
There are many different shapes of bottle nipples. Because every baby is different, one type of bottle and nipple will not be the best choice for every baby. You may need to try several bottles before you find one that works well for your baby. In general, choose a slow-flow nipple and a nipple shape that gradually flares from the nipple tip to the base. This allows your baby to have a wide, deep latch.
Paced Bottle Feeding
Paced bottle feeding means helping a baby eat more slowly with a bottle to mimic how a baby naturally feeds at the breast. It allows your baby to be more in control of how fast he drinks the bottle. The goal is to slow down the flow of milk, allowing your baby to take breaks and eat more slowly.
If Your Baby is Reluctant to Take the Bottle
Some breastfed babies take the bottle easily and some are more reluctant. If your breastfed baby is reluctant to take the bottle, here are some suggestions that may be helpful.