O’Connor Hospital is launching a new education class for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who are planning to breastfeed when they return to work.
“Get Pumped: Strategies for Nursing Mothers Returning to Work or School,” provides breastfeeding mothers with the skills and confidence they may need during the transition back to work, Kathleen Helsing, MPH, LEC, prenatal and lactation educator and one of the instructors for the class, said.
“We’re frequently asked by our new mothers about how to transition back to work while breastfeeding,” Helsing said. “Returning to work or school can be a stressful time for new mothers and this class can help them with the skills and confidence they may need to be successful.”
“New mothers have lots of questions and worries about returning to work or school while continuing to breastfeed – some will not start breastfeeding because of that,” lactation consultant and class instructor Susan McLaughlin, R.N., MPH, IBCLC, said.
The class will focus on:
Understanding your rights to breastfeed at work
Establishing a breastfeeding routine
Pumping, handling and storing your milk
Maintaining your milk supply
Getting your baby to take the bottle after months of breastfeeding
Breast pump or other equipment needed (vendors will have pumps available for demonstration.)
The new class will be offered every other month on Mondays, January 28, March 25 and May 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Medical Office Building (MOB) Auditorium at O’Connor Hospital, 2101 Forest Avenue, San Jose. Cost is $20 per class. Infants are welcome.