1. Talk to your employer before you return to work, as they may already have a policy in place to help you. If not – you can discuss with them any extra breaks you may need to express your milk, or even to travel home and feed the baby. Of course, the bathrooms aren’t a suitable place, so you should be able to agree on a quiet, private space in which you can express your milk.
2. Try and stick to the same schedule your baby would normally have when you are expressing milk. This is important to help protect yourself against mastitis, and helps baby too by keeping the milk flow more regular.
3. Keeping the milk cool is a priority – the Ice Ice Baby bundle with the cool bag, bottles, cooling elements and Easy Freeze bags helps. Using this, you can store your milk safely for up to 24 hours, keeping it safe and clean until you return home to baby. You can even express directly into the freezer bags, reducing the need to carry too much stuff around work. And there’s no need to worry – the bags are leak-proof, and will keep your breast milk safe without spilling those valuable drops.
4. Get used to expressing ahead of time, if possible. It’s important to feel comfortable while expressing, and removing any stress you can. Some mums express one breast at a time, and others prefer to double express with the Calypso-To-Go Double Electric Breastpump, which has all the items you need when you are on the go. If you aren’t sure, you can always try renting a Carum breastpump.
We have a range of videos which will help you understand how to use our pumps, expressing and storing breastmilk, tips on how to increase your supply, breast massage and many more.