As if the first weeks of motherhood aren't enough of a learning curve, once you go back to work things can tend to feel even crazier. Add pumping on the job to the list of your newly acquired skills and you're basically supermom. But no mom should have to learn this skill on her own, and thanks to moms who have gone before you may not have to. There are some invaluable tips for pumping at the office that will make all the difference if you're struggling to balance this time-consuming, energy zapping addition to the already exhausting role of motherhood.
I've breastfed two babies in the past two years, and while I've certainly learned a lot, I've never pumped at an office. Since my expertise only reaches so far, I asked several other pumping mamas for their best tips, and trust me, their advice is top notch.
Some of the tips may seem obvious, but when you're sleep deprived and stressed, the last thing you need is to navigate pumping at the office on your own. It really does take a village and whether or not you have support at your job, these tips are sure to give you a solid place to start.