The first step is to learn about your employer’s policies for breastfeeding moms before your baby is born. Your human resources office can help.
- Go to the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite website to learn about laws that protect your right to pump breastmilk at work. See whether your workplace is a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite. This program promotes breastfeeding for moms when they return to work.
- Talk to your friends and family. Find out whether they have any experience with breastfeeding while at work and ask for their support.
- Talk to your coworkers. Are there other mothers who have pumped at work? Learn as much as you can from them. Is anyone else pregnant or breastfeeding? If so, consider a group meeting with your boss to make arrangements.
- Talk to your human resources (HR) department if your employer has one. HR will know of any policies or programs that can help you combine working and breastfeeding. Some larger companies have an employee wellness program, an occupational nurse, or an employee relations program that might be able to support you in talking with your employer.
- Before your meeting, practice what you plan to say to your employer with your friends or family. This will help you ease your nerves and be prepared.