This is a worldwide campaign to raise awareness amongst the wider community about the importance of breastfeeding. The theme for 2023 is Enabling Breastfeeding: Making a difference for working parents. Can you imagine the difficulty some mothers must go through to breastfeed at work?? From inadequate sized facilities, unhygienic spaces, and made to feel like a burden are just some of the issues with work and breastfeeding. Alongside this, the comments mothers receive about the necessity to pump when they could “just give your baby formula!”. These types of comments can really alienate a mother who is doing her best in a really difficult time. Formula is definitely one choice to make but when you don’t choose formula and instead EBM (expressed breast milk) you shouldn’t feel penalised for doing so.
The World Health Organisation recommend exclusive breastfeeding up until 6 months of age and continued breastfeeding until 2 years of age. However, its estimated that only 35.4% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months of age. Although, there are many reasons parents’ may choose to stop breastfeeding returning to work is a huge contributor to cessation of breastfeeding.
As we know the return to work isn’t always so smooth and there can often be meetings that pop up but how does this impact your breast health? Some of the key factors that can result in poor breast health and conditions such as mastitis, engorgement, and blocked ducts include a significant decrease in the number of feeds or weaning too quickly, uneven breast drainage, distractions that prevent or delay the bay or mother breastfeeding and sustained pressure on the breast such as an ill-fitting bra.
With the added stress and significant change in breastfeeding routine many mother’s experience blocked ducts or mastitis. At the Melbourne Mastitis Clinic, we are able to offer individualised care plans for these parents’.
We want to support parent’s so they feel prepared and confident when returning to work to make the transition as smooth as possible.