- You would need to express twice during your working day e.g. at morning tea time and during your lunch time. If you work full-time, you will also need to express mid-afternoon. Whatever was expressed on Monday at work would be offered to your baby on Tuesday.
- You would need to hand express or to have a breast pump at your disposal. The breast pump should be sterilised at home and kept in a closed container at work when you are not using it. Note that breast pumps should never be re-used, shared, hired or sold.
- It is not necessary to refrigerate the breast pump or the expressed milk until you get home. However, breastmilk for preterm babies need to be refrigerated within six to eight hours – take a cooler bag with an ice block to work.
Substituting daytime breast feeds with formula feeds
- Your baby would need to be weaned from at least two feeds a day in the week.
- You should start weaning ten days before returning to work.
- You would replace a breast feed with a formula every five to seven days. E.g. offer a formula bottle midmorning for five to seven days then offer a formula bottle midmorning and mid-afternoon.
- You would need to continue in this pattern of mixed feeding over weekends and holidays.
A lactation consultant or your clinic sister can be consulted for advice on the formula and the quantities to be offered.