Setting up a lactating room

My office is going to set up a lactating room. Initially, it was just a plan to make it easier for one of the moms who is expressing milk to have a more conducive place to do her daily ritual.

However, things move and soon, it become a whole project to be undertaken by the company. We find an empty room, instal a sink, buy a fridge, get some nice sofa and place some beautiful paintings.

Then, we consulted the world breastfeeding advocate and they gave us the green light that it is now an official lactating room. We will be inviting a few doctors to give a talk and we are good to launch our first ever breastfeeding room.

Now all mothers can come to our office and express their milk. Now I am looking for some vinyl banners to promote the lactating room. I have looked around and hope to settle on a design soon.

It is quite funny that now mothers are coming to our office not to do business but to express milk. The moms actually can do their networking while they are expressing milk.

FAQ related to breastfeeding – Pt 3

I’m too busy at work to express properly. What do I do?

If you’re too busy to pump even during lunch time, you can do it before you start work or before you leave for work. You can also pump when you are home feeding your baby, nurse on one side and pump the other. This way you would be able to collect enough milk for next day’s feed. If you are not driving, you can even pump during the car ride. I did that using Ameda pump with the car adaptor when I used to travel in/out from JB/SG – the ride can take up to 2 hours if the causeway is jammed! When you running low in supply, you can pump during the non working days too. But be prepared as your baby will nurse longer to be satisfied. I’m not sure how your office is set up, but there are mothers who put up curtains around their work area so that they can pump while doing their work.

Mothers with more than one child usually have a hard time balancing their time, especially when they need to nurse their baby. I came across a mother who have no help at all, alone at home with a 2 yo and newborn. She is determined to nurse her baby. One of the options given is to use the sling to breastfeed your baby while taking care of the older child. This option is good for her since a newborn tends to cluster-nurse – nurse more frequently. The other option is to get help from other relatives or friends. – Anna Teoh, Mama to Alison (9yo), Audrey (6+yo), Arrick (20 mths).

What is reverse nursing?

Reversed nursing is when baby wakes to nurse more often at night. This usually happens to nursing mothers who are working, as they are not around during the day and direct breastmilk then is limited. It is very important to learn to nurse while lying down. This way both of you would not miss any sleep. – Anna Teoh, Mama to Alison (9yo), Audrey (6+yo), Arrick (20 mths).

FAQ related to breastfeeding – Pt 2

How do I continue breastfeeding when I return to work after confinement?

It is not impossible but takes a lot of planning. During maternity leave, pump out as much as you can and store in the freezer for contingency – in case you could not pump out during office hours or you did not manage to get enough EBM for the next day feed. Not sure if you have two months maternity leave, but if you do, start pumping in the second month to collect and make frozen EBM. When you have a freezer full with frozen EBM, you have less stress keeping up the quota for your child EBM feed. – Anna Teoh, Mama to Alison (9yo), Audrey (6+yo), Arrick (20 mths).

More on successful breastmilk expression and breast-feeding advices from paediatrician/lactation consultant, Dr Koe are available on this site.

What is a good breastmilk expressing schedule?

When you start work, you need a few pumping sessions of about 20 minutes each
(using dual pumps) during office hours. The number of sessions depends on how
much your baby needs during your absence. This you can find out during the last
week of your maternity leave. If with 2 sessions you can get enough EBM,
then spread out your sessions with 2-4 hours in between at least. Normally,
most mothers start with 3 sessions. What I did was, pump when I come in for
work (normally in early), during lunch and at 3-4pm as I prefer to have a
fuller breast when I reach home at 7.30pm to feed my ds. Mothers who work
late will need more pumping sessions. – Anna Teoh, Mama to Alison (9yo), Audrey (6+yo), Arrick (20 mths).