It takes effort to keep up with breastfeeding when you must be away from your baby for part of the day, but there are good reasons for sticking with breastfeeding to begin with, your baby gets
better nutrition and the two of you continue to enjoy a special closeness. There are also other practical
Breastfeeding saves money. A one-time pump purchase is cheaper than buying formula.
Even renting a hospital-grade electric pump may be cheaper than buying formula. Breastfed
babies also use fewer healthcare dollars, because of fewer visits to the doctor and fewer
Providing breastmilk for feedings while you're gone protects your baby against allergies.
Pumping, saving the milk and even leaking while you're at work helps you feel connected to
your baby when you must be apart.
Because only mother can breastfeed, a baby always knows who is the person he loves the
most. Nannies, babysitters, and daycare workers are no substitute for a nursing mom.
Mothers can look forward to a warm and cuddly reunion at the breast after hours of
separation. Mother and baby can enjoy the convenience and closeness of breastfeeding
during all the hours they are together, day and night.
- Breastfed babies are healthier, so mother (and father) will miss fewer work days to stay
home with a sick baby who is not welcome at daycare. Studies show that breastfeeding
mothers have three to six times less absenteeism than mothers who formula-feed.