Supervisor support of lactation in the workplace
Supervisor support is essential
After having my daughter, I was worried that there wouldn't be a room available or that my manager would not support my efforts to breastfeed. I was completely wrong. When I asked my manager, she was fully supportive and even found a vacant room down the hall in my office building.
I was able to leave everything set up throughout the day, so additional time was not wasted. I found that this timeout from work was refreshing; I enjoyed the time to read, complete Sudoku or crossword puzzles or just relax. Occasionally, I even brought my laptop and checked e-mail or surfed the web.
Talk with your supervisor
I highly encourage women to talk with their managers and discuss their desire to breastfeed. Find out if there is a local space already used for the purpose, or if a vacant room can be used for a few months. Bring a picture of your little one, and enjoy the small breaks from work.
Here are a few books that I recommend:
- The Milk Memos
- The Happiest Baby on the Block
- Baby Wise
- This is How We Do It: The Working Mothers' Manifesto
- What to expect the First Year