Returning to work after having a baby can be a very stressful – we know! We’re here to help your transition go as smoothly as possible. Here’s how we help:
Breast Pump Basics
Free class is offered the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 11:30am-12:30pm. Class will go over breast pump information, as well as breast pump demonstrations. Mothers will also receive instruction on pumping strategies. In addition, pump demonstrations will be shown and mothers will also receive instruction on pumping strategies for the early weeks. This class lays the foundation for our Return to Work class (recommended to take a few weeks before returning to work). Think of this as Part II of our must-take prenatal classes. It is also very helpful to take again before returning to work, as a refresher. This class is intended to be taken after our Breastfeeding Basics Class and is taught by one of our experienced IBCLCs. See our calendar to register.
Pumping Strategies and Returning to Work
Free class is offered the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at 12:45-2pm. We consider this class to be a great Part II to our Breast Pump Basics class. Mothers will discuss how to continue their breastfeeding relationship while working, as well as ways to maintain breastfeeding after you return to work. Advice will be given for breast milk collection, storage and feeding guidelines. The instructor is one of our experienced IBCLCs. See our calendar to register.
Return to Work Support Group
Free group offered the 4th Thursday of every month at 6:30-7:30pm. In this group, we will discuss common issues that arise with breastfeeding and pumping after returning to work and will tailor the group to the attendees’ needs and questions. As always, babies of all ages are welcome! Class is taught by an RN lactation consultant who breastfed and pumped for all of her children, all while working those crazy nursing shifts. See our calendar to register.
Prenatal and Postnatal Rights at Work
Free class offered the 1st Tuesday of every month at 1:00-1:30pm. As you are starting to experience, pregnancy, breastfeeding and raising a family will significantly impact your work life. Come and learn about your prenatal and postnatal rights in the workplace, including the right to take leave; the right to paid sick days; the right to accommodation; the right to be free from discrimination; and the right to breastfeed. Lawyers from First Shift Justice Project will provide you with a primer on the web of federal and local laws that protect these rights. They will also discuss how to be proactive by developing a strategy for planning your work and family life and communicating your needs to your employer to protect your rights. See our calendar to register.
Our lactation consultations are great for both new and experienced parents with newborns or older babies. The consultation includes a pre and post feeding weight check of the baby, observation of a breastfeeding session, examination of the mother’s breast, and examination of the baby’s mouth. Our experienced IBCLCs can help with any number of breastfeeding issues, including questions and concerns around returning to work. Return to work consultations could include an overview of pumping, discussion of scheduling pumping sessions, tips on how to use your pump most efficiently, advise on continuing your nursing relationship, how to deal with daycares, giving baby a bottle, and many other things! Click here for more information.
If you’ve already returned to work and are having trouble with your pumping routine, one of our lactation consultants can come to your office for an appointment and help you out in the environment you’re pumping in. If your issues are more policy related, tell your employer that we offer employer consultations for them too!
Some of our clients choose to rent a hospital grade breast pump when they return to work. Reasons could range from really needing the stronger motor to help boost supply to simply wanting to ease the stress of having to bring a pump back and forth from work. We always have Medela Symphonies and Ameda Platinums in stock to rent same-day. You can find more information on pump rental here.
Breast Pump Parts
Forgetting pump parts at home happens… a lot! But don’t panic! We have all the spare parts for Medela, Ameda and Spectra brand pumps available in our shop. We sell complete sets of parts and also each part individually. Too busy to come to The Center to pick your parts up? We can courier them to your DC office in as little as 30 minutes. Just give us a call at 202-293-5182.
Partners Who Can Help!
By educating and supporting working parents to assert their rights before they lose their jobs or their workplace stress becomes untenable, First Shift helps them safely maintain their employment, their health and their family commitments. Working parents who are empowered to proactively address work/family conflicts become a force for affecting this cultural change and creating work environments where employees and employers expect to have respectful, productive conversations about family caregiving and the overall well-being of families.
Mindful Return is here to help guide you through your pregnancy, maternity leave, and return-to-work journey. Through the blog and e-course, you’ll find resources that will help you feel more informed, prepared, and calm at every stage.