Going back to work | breastfedbabies

If you want to keep breastfeeding, don’t let the fact that you’re going back to work put you off. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for around six months, and there are benefits to continuing breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond after your baby starts taking solid food.

There are benefits to your baby having any breastmilk, and even one feed a day will benefit you both.

The Public Health Agency leaflet on Breastfeeding and returning to work provides all the information you will need to support you to continue breastfeeding after you return to work.

There is guidance from the Health and Safety Executive which asks your employer to take steps to protect the health of you and your baby by supporting you with continuing to breastfeed. For more information on this visit the Your rights section.

You will need to let your employer know in advance of returning to work that you intend to continue breastfeeding, particularly if you are going to need to be able to express and store your milk while at work.