For moms going back to work, you will need to form a plan around producing and maintaining your milk supply while being away from your baby. It may seem overwhelming at first, but I promise you will get into a routine once you get started. One year later, I find myself grabbing my pump before I think about looking for my wallet (and yes, I admit to driving off without the latter from time to time).
If you can, talk to whomever needs to know at work ahead of time about your intentions, and agree on where you will pump. Also, seek out colleagues who are also pumping moms.
What do you need to know about acquiring a pump? If you’re going back to work, it’s safe to assume that you’ll want to maximize every minute you spend away from actual work, so the more efficient your pump is the better, meaning how quickly the pump extracts, or in lactation terms, expresses the milk. You can rent or purchase a pump. Both do an excellent job of maintaining your supply while you are away from your baby.
The next issue is buying a used vs new pump. At this point you are swimming in baby-related expenses, so acquiring a used pump may seem like the perfect way to save a bit. However, used pumps are not recommended, and it’s not just a marketing ploy. Here are some issues with used pumps: