Often the obstacle in giving exclusive breastfeeding is your busy life, which has to share roles outside the home. Yes, being a career woman and having to provide exclusive breastfeeding must have your own tips so that you can divide your time and prioritize to continue to support optimal growth and development.
Your consideration is that breast milk is the best choice compared to formula milk because the nutritional content of breast milk is very perfect so that it can build intelligence development and prevent various diseases.
Here are tips you can do to divide work time and breastfeed:
1. Do it well before you go to work
Make preparations in advance before you go to work so that he gets used to it. You can make preparations to provide exclusive breastfeeding when you are pregnant. Equip with knowledge and also preparation for breastfeeding during pregnancy.
2. Give exclusive breastfeeding through expressed breast milk
You can give expressed breast milk by giving milk every three hours and then putting it in a plastic or breast milk storage bottle. When you are giving milk, you should create a calm atmosphere when expressing breastmilk then wash your hands to avoid bacteria entering the milk. . When expressing milk, place your hand on the areola with your thumb opposite your index finger. You can press your hands towards your chest to follow the flow of milk. Rotate gently with your fingers so that the mammary glands can squeeze and release milk.
3. Recognize the Durability of expressed breast milk
Basically, breast milk will last at room temperature for 4 hours, whereas if you want to store it for a longer time you can store it in a refrigerator / thermos flask so that it lasts up to 5 days. To make it easier for you, when storing expressed breastmilk, label the date when your milk is collected.
4. Schedule Time to express breastmilk
You can express breast milk in the morning before leaving, then between office breaks you can express it again. Generally, some offices provide space so that it makes you comfortable, but if not available you can use a room that makes you relax. When you feel uncomfortable expressing breastmilk by hand, you can use a pump. Also pay attention to the sterility of pumps and milk bottles so they don’t pose a health threat to your baby. Meanwhile, for those of you who have the time (closer to home and office), it is advisable to give breast milk directly between your breaks.
Those are some tips that can help you to give breast milk even though you are busy as a career woman. By giving breast milk exclusively, it will help to maintain nutritional intake. Congratulations on providing exclusive breastfeeding to support your baby’s growth and development.