Welcome to the Carnival of Breastfeeding for September. For this month's carnival, the theme is breastfeeding and working. Please check out the other contributing bloggers linked at the bottom of this post. :D
When I found out about this month's theme, I got really excited as I’ve been living and breathing breastfeeding and working for almost 2 years now. I've written several posts on this topic, from maintaining my milk supply to making breastfeeding part of my daily life. I even have an entire series on how to set up a lactation program policy in the workplace. In my 2 recent talks for LATCH and MommySense, I gave presentations on how to continue breastfeeding even after returning to work.
I've been meaning to write a post on pumps and hand expression after I attended the Milk Code Forum but always got sidetracked. With this month's carnival theme, I decided to pursue this topic with the end goal of convincing moms that even if you go back to work, you don't actually need a breastpump to successfully continue giving breastmilk to your baby.
The main suggestion given by numerous experts when returning to work is to "get a good quality double electric pump". Since I was not that well-informed during the early days, I immediately ordered myself a double electric pump. I used this pump fairly often when I returned to work, so I decided to get a similar second pump. I religiously expressed my milk while at work but realized that I still needed to hand express to fully empty my breasts.