What?! I have to go back to work already? Creating an action plan for working and breastfeeding success

Time-frame: All Day
CERP: yes


According to the Business Case for Breastfeeding, 80% of breastfeeding mothers stop breastfeeding within one month of returning to work. What is going on? How are breastfeeding mothers being undermined upon returning to work and what can we do to help? In this session, the top five obstacles and solutions to help your clients succeed will be presented. Particular areas of vulnerability for working breastfeeding mothers will be analyzed, including pumps and pumping, bottle feeding, and childcare settings. If a mother is given proper emotional support, is well informed regarding the mechanics of maintaining her milk supply, and is prepared to negotiate correct feeding in a childcare setting, her chances of reaching her breastfeeding goals can be greatly increased.


List five obstacles to the continuation of successful breastfeeding for women who are returning to work.
Identify five solutions to common working and breastfeeding challenges.
Create a successful working and breastfeeding plan for mothers and babies.

Barbara D. Robertson

Country: USA
Phone number: 734-975-6534
Email: barbara@bfcaa.com
Site: http://lactalearning.com
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Robertson, Barbara D. Revisiting Nipple and Breast Pain: A Conversation with Anne Eglash, MD. Clinical Lactation. 2015, 6(3), 124-128.

Robertson, Barbara D. Free to Breastfeed—Voices of Black Mothers. Clinical Lactation, 2014, 5(3), 90-96. http://www.clinicallactation.org/sites/default/files/articlepdf/s3-CL-5-3.pdf

Robertson, Barbara D. Working and Breastfeeding: Practical Ways You Can Support Employed Breastfeeding Mothers. Clinical Lactation, 2014, 5(4), 137-140. http://www.clinicallactation.org/sites/default/files/articlepdf/CL5-4_Final_A7_137-140.pdf