Mother Knows Best
Only you can decide on the right time to stop breastfeeding. Here are some reasons not to give it up.
Myth: Women who work full time cannot nurse.
Fact: According to a 2001 Abbott Laboratories survey, 23 percent of full-time working mothers are still breastfeeding six months postpartum. Some pump their milk throughout the workday for their care providers to feed to their babies the next day; others nurse in the morning and evening and give their babies formula during the day.
Granted, continuing to breastfeed after returning to work does take commitment, but most women find the advantages are well worth the effort. “Pumping can be a new mom’s best friend, providing milk for her baby even when she’s not home,” Bright says.