Breastfeeding and Working
Benefits of breastfeeding
If you’re returning to work – or study – after having a baby, continuing to breastfeed is:
Best for your baby
- Breast milk – all that your baby needs to eat and drink for about the first 6 months.
- Breast milk – still important for your baby when you introduce solid foods at around 6 months. If possible, keep breastfeeding until your baby is 12 months or older
- Breastfeeding – means a healthier baby – fewer colds, tummy bugs, chest infections and allergies.
- Breastfeeding – helps you and the baby form a close bond. This bond is needed for emotional well-being throughout your baby’s life.
Best for you
- You know you’re doing something special for your baby.
- It saves time preparing formula.
- It saves money.
- You’re less likely to get breast or ovarian cancer.
- You’re less likely to have hip fractures when you’re older.
Best for your employer
- You’ll have less time off with a sick baby.
- You’ll work better knowing your child is getting the best start.
- Your workplace will be known as family-friendly.
It usually takes about 6–8 weeks to establish breastfeeding properly and build up a good milk supply – delay going back to work as long as you can. Maybe you could go back to work gradually – by job sharing or working part time for a while.
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