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I want to go back to work 6 weeks after the birth – Is it worth starting to breastfeed?

Yes, most certainly. Even if you were to only breastfeed for the first week your baby would benefit from the Colostrum. So continuing breast feeding up to six weeks is very good. It is thought that 40% of women are still breastfeeding at 6 six weeks. This is a crucial time, as many women will be returning to work, as well as less input from a health professional, which may account for the sharp reduction in the breastfeeding rate. However, on returning to work, it may be possible that you can express your milk so that your can still benefit from the contents of breast milk compared to formula. This will depend on the facilities to do so at work. Or you can express in the mornings and evenings at home before and after work.

Ref; Breastfeeding: returning to work - London: National Childbirth Trust , 2003. 12 pages National Childbirth Trust - (2003)



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