Things you can do during your maternity leave to prepare: 

  • Breastfeed exclusively eight to 12 times per 24 hours.
  • Practice expressing milk using a quality breast pump.
  • Introduce a bottle to baby sometime after his or her first month of life.
  • Begin storing milk in the freezer in 2-4 oz. quantities.
  • Consider a gradual return to work. (Return to work on a Thursday to have a weekend to adjust or take off one day mid-week for a few weeks.)
  • Review available options for onsite day care or bringing your infant to work.
  • Consider appropriate places to express milk at work.
  • Find out if your company offers a lactation support program.