Working and Breastfeeding Resources

The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor
Barbara D. Robertson, MA, IBCLC, RLC

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Where to Get Help

  1. Low income mothers- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and IBCLCs
  2. La Leche League International
  3. Breastfeeding USA
  4. IBCLC

It is here! Our working and breastfeeding phone app! iLactate: Back to work! Check it out!

Working and breastfeeding article from Clinical Lactation: Working and breastfeeding: Practical ways you can support employed breastfeeding mothers  WorkingBreastfeeding

A private going back to work consultation: We will meet with you to discuss your particular transitional needs.   This private format not only allows for basic working and breastfeeding information to be shared but also lets  mothers have time to talk about her concerns, fears, and logistics of her work situation. Together, we will help create the strongest returning to work plan possible. Research shows that mothers who have good social/emotional support combined with accurate breastfeeding information transition back to work smoothly!  This consultation is $100.00 and scheduled at your convenience.

A working and breastfeeding consultation is often cover by private insurance!  We are happy to do this in person or by Skype. Call to schedule:  734-975-6534 or email

Reliable Websites

  1. La Leche League
  2. **Kellymom
  3. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocols
  4. **Anne Eglash Breastfeeding Podcasts
  5. The Leaky Boob

Hand Expression

  1. **Morton, J. (2012). Hand expression of breastmilk. In Stanford School of Medicine. Retrieved March 19, 2012, from
  2. **Breast Feeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio: The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression
  3. Marmet technique—the-marmet-technique and
  4. Ammehjelpen: Handmelking       Scroll down to English version.
  5. Ana Garcia: Demonstrating Container does not need to be sterilized!



  1. Breast pumps and insurance coverage- Your rights
  2. **FDA Choosing a Breast Pump
  3. National Breastfeeding Center: Healthcare Insurers Graded on Support of Breastfeeding Moms- Score card!
  4. Used breast pumps
  5. **Breast pump flange sizing
  6. **Natural Parents Network: 35 tips and tricks for pumping mamas
  7. Pumping at work and in public: COW- Corner, own it, widgits
  8. How I built my breastmilk stash
  9. Spit up is the new black: I work full time- Therefore I pump
  10. Baby Gooroo: Is It Safe to Share Breast Pumps?
  11. **Morton, J. (2012). Maximizing Your Milk Supply. In Stanford School of Medicine.  Retrieved from
  12. **Newborn Concepts. Hypnosis for Pumping Breastmilk and Hypnosis for Making More Milk
  13. MIT Tips on pumping
  14. /interesting_facts_about_breastfeedingand%20brestpumping.html
  15. Meier, P., Motyhowski, J., & Zuleger, J. (2004). Choosing a correctly-fitted breastshield for milk expression. Medela Mesenger 21, 8-9.
  16. Prime DK, Geddes DG, et al.  The Effect of Breastshield Size and Anatomy on Milk Removal in Women.  Abstract #30 from the 2009 meeting of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML).  Appeared in J Hum Lact, 26(4) Nov. 2010. p. 433.

Storing Human Breastmilk

  1. CDC Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk
  2. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol #8, Human milk storage information for home use for healthy full-term infants Scroll down page to link for #8 Human Milk Storage
  3. How to store breastmilk
  4. How to thaw and heat frozen breastmilk

Bottle Feeding

  1. Robertson, B. (2015) Demo of paced bottle feeding
  2. Kassing, D. (2002). Bottle-Feeding as a Tool to Reinforce Breastfeeding. Journal of Human Lactation. Volume 18, Issue 1. Pages 56-60.
  3. Bottle nipples that minimize nipple confusion or rather, flow preference
  4. Baby Gooroo: Caring for Your Bottle-Fed Baby
  5. **Paced bottle feeding
  6. **The Stir: 9 Tips to Get a Breastfed Baby to Take a Bottle


  1. National Health and Safety Performance Standards. Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition. Caring for Our Children
  2. State of Michigan Child Develepment and Care Handbook Your state should have one of these as well
  3. State of Michigan Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers Page 28 relates to bottles. Again, your state should have something similar
  4. Mississippi State Department of Health WIC Program How to support a breastfeeding mother: A Guide for the Childcare Center
  5. Wisconsin State Department of Public Health 10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Centers
  6. **Michigan Breastfeeding Network How to Become a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace in the Child Care Setting

For Your Employer

  1. Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions
  2. Center for Prevention and Health Services Workplace Breastfeeding Programs: Employer Case Studies
  3. United States Breastfeeding Committee Accommodations for Breastfeeding in the Workplace
  4. United States Breastfeeding Committee Workplace Breastfeeding Support
  5. United State Breastfeeding Committee Workplace Breastfeeding Support- Space requirements
  6. CDC Worksite Health Score Card: An Assessment Tool for Employers
  7. American Civil Liberties Union: What to expect when your employees expecting
  8. Cost of not complying

Your Legal Rights

  1. Break Time for Nursing Mothers, US Department of Labor
  2. Actual US Law
  3. Fact Sheet on the law
  4. Great Resource! United States Breastfeeding Committee Workplace Support in Federal Law
  5. Map of maternity leave around the world. Fascinating!
  6. United States Breastfeeding Committee State Breastfeeding Laws
  7. **Jake Marcus Breastfeeding Law- Know your legal rights
  8. US Department of Labor Employment Protections for Workers Who are Pregnant or Nursing
  9. National Partnership for Women & Families: Expecting Better: A state by state analysis of laws that help new parents
  10. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: Help Your Clients Understand Their Rights in the Workplace
  11. American Civil Liberties Union: I should not have had to sue my employer to have a healthy pregnancy or keep breastfeeding.
  12. National Women’s Law Center. New Benefits for Breastfeeding Moms: Facts and Tools to Understand Your Coverage Under the Health Care Law
  13. **US Department of Labor: Knows Your Rights: Breastfeeding in the Workplace
  14. Science and Sensibility: Break time for nursing mothers, It’s the law.
  15. Kellymom: Your rights as a breastfeeding employee
  16. Best for Babes: Booby Traps Series: Federal Pumping Laws Leaves Out Millions of Moms
  17. Black Do you know your breastfeeding rights? Kimberly Seals-Allen explains.
  18. New York Times Blog: Breast-Feeding Services Lag Behind the Law
  19. NBC News: Pumped up: Breastfeeding mothers fight for rights at work.

Trouble Shooting

  1. Formula vs. Informal Milk Sharing
  2. Reverse Cycling
  3. The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor: The Cost of Formula Feeding

Traveling for Work

  1. Flying and pumping in airports: Research article from Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
  2. Shipping breastmilk home
  3. CDC: Traveling Recommendations for the Nursing Mother
  4. Lactation Matters: ILCA Traveling as a pumping mother
  5. Breastfeeding Awareness for traveling moms
  6. La Leche League: Business travel: Make it work for you and your baby
  7. Baby Center: Breastfeeding and pumping while traveling
  8. The New York Times: Traveling mothers face hurdles when pumping breastmilk
  9. Liberating Working Moms: Traveling Working Breastfeeding Mom Tips

Working and breastfeeding General Information

  1. **The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor Working and Breastfeeding facebook page
  2. **The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor: Pinterest Working and Breastfeeding
  3. **Federal Resources for Supporting Nursing Moms at Work
  4. Eleven Facts about American family and work
  5. Working Mothers in the US
  6. Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition Breastfeeding and working
  8. Executive Summary of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
  9. United States Breastfeeding Committee Workplace Accommodations to Support and Protect Breastfeeding
  10. Going back to work after maternity leave
  11. LA Parent: Ten Tips: Breastfeeding and Back to Work!
  12. **Pinterest: Breastfeeding and working
  13. The Council of Economic Advisers: Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility.
  14. The Council of Economic Advisers: The Economics of Paid and Unpaid Leave
  15. The Council of Economic Advisers: Nine Facts About American Families and Work
  16. Moms Our Families Need a Lift
  17. Fact Sheet: Sloan Work and Family Research Network Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding in the Workplace
  18. The Brain Scoop: The Breast Episode Ever
  19. Baby Gooroo: Work-Life Balance Elusive for US Moms
  20. Center for American Progress: Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now
  21. List of Good General Breastfeeding Websites and Apps


  1. Cardenas R & Major D. (2005). Combining employment and breastfeeding: utilizing a work-family conflict framework to understand obstacles and solutions. Journal of Business and Psychology, 20(1):31-51.
  2. Colburn-Smith, Cate, and Serrette, Andrea. (2007) The Milk Memos” How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can Too. Penguin Books Ltd, New York, New York.
  3. Daly, S. E., Kent, J. C., Owens, R. A., & Hartmann, P. E. (1996). Frequency and degree of milk removal and the short-term control of human milk synthesis. Experimental Physiology, 81(5), 861-875.
  4. Garvin, Sriraman, Paulson, Wallace, Martin, and Marshall. (2013). The Business Case for Breastfeeding: A Successful Regional Implementation, Evaluation, and Follow-Up. Breastfeeding Medicine. Volume 8, Number 4. 413-417. Shows businesses do want to help their breastfeeding families but need knowledge and guidance to do so.
  5. Mirkovic, K. R., Perrine, C. G., Scanlon, K. S., and Grummer-Strawn, L. M. (2014) Maternity Leave Duration and Full-time/Part-time Work Status are Associated with US Mothers’ Ability to Meet Breastfeeding Intentions. Journal of Human Lactation.
  6. Mohrbacker, Nancy.   The Magic Number and Long-Term Milk Production. Clinical Lactaion 2(1) 15-18. Retrieved from
  7. Morton, J., Wong, R. J., Hall, J. Y., Lai, C. T., Lui, J., Hartmann, P. E., & Rhine, W. D. (2012, January 5). Combining hand techniques with electric pumping increases the caloric content of milk in mothers of preterm infants. Journal of Perinatology Online. doi:10.1038/jp.2011.195
  8. Pryor, Gale. (1997) Nursing Mother, Working Mother: The Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby After You Return to Work. Boston, MA: The Harvard Common Press.
  9. Robertson, B. D. (2014) Working and Breastfeeding: Practical Ways You Can Support Wmployed Breastfeeding Mothers. Clinical Lactation, Vol 5, Issue 4. Pages 137-140.
  10. Tsai, Su-Ying. Impact of a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace on an Employed Mother’s Intention to Continue Breastfeeding After Returning to Work. Breastfeeding Medicine Volume 8, Number 2, 2013.
  11. Walker, Marsha. Breastfeeding and Employment: Making it Work. Amarillo, Texas. Hale Publishing. (2011)

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