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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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