Even if you have secured the support of your superiors, expressing breast milk at the workplace may cause some concern. How will your colleagues relate to your frequent breaks? Will you have the opportunity to retire? But do not worry: if everything is well planned and coordinated, pumping at work will not cause any problems for you, the employer or the baby.
We offer ten top tips for pumping at work.
1. Know your rights
In many countries, the law provides you with the right to express breast milk at work, and your employer Continue reading
A newborn changes literally every day, and the same can be said about breast milk. With the advent of milk, the breast can increase to an impressive size, and changes occur not only outside but also inside. During the first week, the milk-producing cells and the connections between them are rearranged and prepare the breast for the upcoming feeding. From that moment until about the end of the second week they will produce the so-called transitional milk.
“After the placenta is released, the level of progesterone, the hormone of pregnancy, begins to decline rapidly,” explains Professor Peter Hartmann of the University of Western Australia, a leading specialist in the study of the composition of breast milk. “As the level of progesterone decreases, milk synthesis Continue reading
Colostrum – the first milk that is produced at the beginning of breastfeeding – is the ideal nutrition for a newborn. It is very concentrated and rich in proteins and nutrients, so even in small quantities it saturates the tiny tummy of the newborn for a long time. Colostrum is low in fat and easy to digest, but at the same time it gives the baby all the essential components for an optimal development start. And that, perhaps most importantly, it plays a decisive role in the formation of the baby’s immune system.
Colostrum looks thicker and yellower than mature milk. Its composition also differs in accordance with the special needs of the newborn. Continue reading