BritMums Carnival: Breastfeeding and Work

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MAM Baby UK is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with you and I, and they are supporting my posts with a number of giveaways; including the MAM Breastfeeding Set for this Carnival.

Welcome to my first BritMums Carnival. It’s so exciting to be hosting my first blog carnival, and a World Breastfeeding Week 2015 themed one at that. πŸ™‚

This is my first World Breastfeeding Week, and it’s been such fun and a lot of work celebrating it in different ways. Last week was all about the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt. I wrapped the week up by joining in with Emma-Jane Maternity Blog’s World Breastfeeding Week carnival, with my post about 5 Things to Make Breastfeeding at Work, Work. It’s also been fab hosting lots of breastfeeding products’ giveaway for you all.

I look forward to reviewing my engagement with this important Week, but I’ve got a Carnival to host first!

Carnival Posts

1. I (@aNoviceMum) blogged about my experience of breastfeeding after maternity leave. It’s an emotional issue that I really have to explore. I didn’t realise how important it was to be as prepared as possible for my return to work meeting, because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t realise how emotional the process would be and how disempowered I could feel. The process touched on nerves I didn’t know were so raw, and in the end I had to find a different pathway to return to work. I’m so glad that I eventually found a way to make breastfeeding work for my family and I, as well as for my employers, after maternity leave.

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2. Sian (@QFSheSaid) wrote about Working and Breastfeeding as part of her participation in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt. She rightly highlighted that the end of maternity leave doesn’t have to be the end of one’s breastfeeding journey. There are so many ways to continue breastfeeding when working mums return to work part-time or full-time. Sian’s experience about how she made breastfeeding her 11 month old work, with work is one to read. The NHS link she included in her post is also worth checking out.

3. @MummiesWaiting wrote about The Struggle of a Breastfeeder When Going Back to Work for this Carnival. Her childcare experience with feeding babies and toddlers prior to becoming a mum, and the impact of this on her thinking in relation to breastfeeding and work is one to read. She takes us through how she emotionally and practically maintained breastfeeding her 6 months old, after maternity leave. We need more stories of mums’ experiences of making breastfeeding work, at work. Her reference to coconut milk as her plan B, incase she didn’t have enough pumped milk got me researching.

4. @biscuitboxfox wrote about her new breastfeeding hashtag – #babygottaboob – for World Breastfeeding Week, to promote everyday brestfeeding images. She appreciates how the Week highlights unsensationalized breastfeeding stories that encourage support for breastfeeding mums and their families worldwide. She discussed the bad and good of recent exploration of breastfeeding in the news. Breastfeeding celebrity images are useful, #brelfies are beneficial; but there’s more to breastfeeding than the focus on its nutritional value which is common to these images. She challenges mums everywhere to join in with her new hashtag; another way to support each other on our breastfeeding journeys.

5. 4 of @PositiveAboutBF‘s bloggers shared snippets from their different experiences of making breastfeeding work at work. They summarised their journeys from feeling anxious about breastfeeding at work, to how they found ways to make it work for their family … from breastfeeding at a Bat Workers’ Conference to cancelling an early end of maternity leave … to long reconnecting feeds after work … to the option to express at work only if needed. Such encouraging and diverse stories are helpful reads, especially for working breastfeeding mums.

6. Julie (@juliecookies) blogged about Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials. It’s so important for breastfeeding mums to know their breastfeeding at work rights. It enables them to plan how to continue their breastfeeding journey effectively and efficiently after maternity leave. Julie highlights things to do, as well as things to have, especially for mums who are planning to pump at work. Even though Julie writes for a mainly US audience, all working breastfeeding mums will find her tips useful. Her post makes me look forward to a time when breastfeeding breaks becomes statutory in the UK, in addition to normal work breaks. I’m also pleased that bathrooms are not acceptable designated places for washing breastmilk pumps in the UK.

Such useful posts, wouldn’t you agree? I hope you visit each of them to get the ‘full story’.

There will be future Carnivals, let me know if you would like to find out more.

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Do you think it is important for mothers to share their experiences about making breastfeeding work, at work?
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84 thoughts on “BritMums Carnival: Breastfeeding and Work

  1. Have bookmarked this to make sure I get to read all the posts in the carnival. Great people taking part πŸ™‚

  2. I think it’s important for people to share their stories so as people realise it’s not just them going through this and there’s support out there x

  3. I feel very lucky that I was able to stay on mat leave until my baby was weaned and just breastfeeding first thing in morning and last thing before bed, which didn’t interfere with working hours

  4. Lovely posts here from very insipiring mums. I think it’s very important for mums who are back at work to share their breastfeeding experiences. I plan to go back to work after my maternity leave and as a new first time mum to be its a very daunting task to think about what is gonna happen with breastfeeding and work. Thanks to everyone for the great posts. xx

    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I agree with you; I find reading from other mums encouraging on the motherhood road. The earlier one considers breastfeeding and work, the more time to plan for it really; and the more prepared you can be to negotiate with your employer. All the best on your journey; such exciting times for you.

  5. Its important for all areas of life, anywhere that it may be a challenge, any tips and experience is vital for new Mums.

  6. I think it’s really helpful when other mums share their stories as it’s a scary thing returning to work and leaving your baby without worrying about expressing. I’m lucky enough to be having a year off and hopefully my little boy won’t need milk during the day by then.

    • Many parts of motherhood is scary, isn’t it. I’ve found reading other mum’s stories helpful and it’s so lovely to be able to share mine with others too. My little one is 18months and he asks for mummy’s milk lots and lots. They’re all different though, I’ve read about people whose babies decided to self wean really early. Hoping your plan goes according to plan πŸ™‚

  7. It’s really useful to hear other Mum’s experiences of breastfeeding after returning to work. It’s something I need to start thinking about before I go back at the end of the year.

  8. I think it’s incredibly important! Sharing experiences helps others so much, positive or negative. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the blog posts over the last few weeks and have found them an invaluable source of information x

  9. im pregnant with twins and hoping to breastfeed my babies. im a stay at home mum so breastfeeding wouldn’t be hard as it will be for a working mum. so escited x

  10. I am due in November and am really looking forward to breastfeeding my baby, I have breastfed my other children and its such a wonderful experience

  11. Thanks so much for this, lovely reading people experiences, I didn’t manage to breastfeed my daughter but hope to next time and this is really useful!

  12. It’s so helpful being able to read experiences from real mums, breastfeeding is not always as easy as they make it look in the lovely pictures on leaflets/posters in the children’s centre etc!

  13. I couldn’t breastfeed on my last one but I’m hoping to on this one so I love reading stories from others.

  14. I personally think work is work so I wouldn’t share them unless someone specifically asked.

  15. I think that this is a FAB idea – I am currently cooking BabaBumpNo3 and should be quite practised at all things baby but to be honest I have never breastfed but this time I am seriously considering it. This will be my last baby and I am wanting to make sure I experience the best of everything so I can’t wait to read all of the post and prepare myself for BabaBumpNo3’s arrival in less than 7 weeks πŸ™‚
    Thank You for taking the time to do all of this πŸ™‚ and WELL DONE!

    • Thanks so much for dropping by and I’m so pleased that you’ve enjoyed your time on my blog. You must be so excited about becoming mum again; all the very best on your journey. Breastfeeding isn’t an easy start for some woman, it wasn’t for me; BUT I’M SO GLAD I’M DOING IT, despite all the challenges along the way. All the best as you decide what’s best for you and your baby.

  16. As a first time soon to be mum (due Feb) who’s planning to breastfeed, this is so helpful, thank you! I really want to breastfeed my baby but I know it’s not always straightforward, and the more advice, the better!

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