Breastfeeding is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself and your baby. It is such a special time to share with your new little bundle of joy while also offering a plethora of nutritional, immunological, psychological, economical and environmental benefits. The first 6 weeks of breastfeeding are the most crucial because it is usually between this time that most mommies tend to get frustrated and give up. A certified Lactation Consultant is a great resource to overcome any obstacles new moms encounter and to help them try to breastfeed for as long as they can. Especially working mommies, because many find that it can be hard to pump at work and get an adequate supply. It is encouraged that women who breastfeed to try and keep it up as long as they can.
Benefits of breastfeeding for the baby include lowering the risk of SIDS, boost the babies immune system (even better than vaccines!), lower risk of obesity, protect against allergies by building antibodies, boost brain development and make stronger and healthier adolescents. Breastfeeding your baby for as long as you can helps give them the upper hand in the health and well being department over formula feed babies. Most people are aware that breastfeeding has multiple benefits for babies, but many don't know about its benefits for the Mom as well. Breastfeeding helps offset type 2 diabetes and reduce cancer as well as reduce stress and lower the risk of postpartum depression.
It is important for moms to have an understanding of the breastfeeding laws in the state in which she resides. The site NCSL.org gives alot of good information regarding these laws. Most states require employers to allow moms to take pumping breaks.
Some ways to boost milk supply is to drink Mother's Milk tea by Traditional Medicinals and/or take some Fenugreek supplements which contain herbs that help increase milk supply. Eating oatmeal in the morning is also beneficial as oats are a galactagogue, which means that it helps boost milk production. It is also recommended to pump every 1.5-2 hours while at work. Pumping is not as efficient at getting the milk out as your baby is so the amount you pump could be significantly less then your baby gets in a feeding, so you don't want to get too hung up on the amount of milk you pump. As long as your baby is gaining weight and seems satisfied after a feeding then you shouldn't be concerned with your supply. With that being said, it's still helpful to be able to pump as much as you can to ensure that your baby can have enough to eat while you two are separated.