I’d been in the workplace for well over 10 years when I decided to go back to school at night to complete my college degree. Balancing work, school, a relationship and then a baby proved to be a far more difficult challenge than I could have ever expected. (If you can imagine breastfeeding while sitting on a toilet and completing a psych paper, then you’ll know exactly what the first year of my daughter’s life looked like!) Breastfeeding for on-the-go moms can be difficult to navigate. Demanding schedules from work, school and additional family obligations can make it nearly impossible to find the time to properly breastfeed. But Bump Benefits is here to help your life run a little more smoothly with some tips and suggestions on how using a breast pump can help busy moms on-the-go!
Mothers have the right to pump at work. According to Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, working mothers have the right to a reasonable break time to express milk during their infant’s first year. Employers must provide a private space that is functional for a mother to express milk. A bathroom, even if private, is not considered such a space under the Fair Labor Standards Act. While pumping at work may not be as comfortable as doing so in one’s own home, items like hands-free nursing bras can help make the process of pumping at work a little easier. These bras give a mother the ability to multitask while expressing milk, should she choose to do so.
Scheduling pumping sessions into a calendar is a tip busy mothers can employ to help them in establishing the habit of expressing milk. Work can be time-consuming and demanding, but it is vital that the mother does not miss a pumping session, as this can diminish breastmilk supply for the infant in the long run.
Acquiring a high quality, double electric, breast pump is a must for on-the-go moms. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide breastfeeding support to new moms. And contrary to popular opinion, most insurance companies will cover the cost of a double electric breast pump. Bump Benefits exists to make this process as easy as possible. You can visit www.bumpbenefits.com to find information on a variety of popular breast pumps, and to learn how to obtain your free breast pump today.