One of the hardest things I faced when I went back to work was pumping. For the first 3 months of Lydia’s life I breastfed, got acquainted with my breast pump, and supplemented around 20-30% with formula. It took only two weeks back at work for me to give up completely on pumping and switch exclusively to formula.
This was a stressful choice for me. I felt the guilt of failing my baby which was only compounded by the fact I also felt guilty going back to work when she was so little.
I recently read a book by Michelle LaRowe called Working Mom’s 411 which provided practical tips for working moms on how to stay organized in all areas of life. The section about pumping brought back a lot of emotions that I felt last year upon my return to work. Again I was also reminded that some women struggle to find private and sanitary conditions to pump their milk, something that I did not have to deal with (luckily!).
As soon as I stopped pumping, it was very clear that the cost of formula was pretty outrageous. I am sure most new moms have received quite a few “checks” in the mail from the large formula makers out there. I am also sure most new moms have noticed that even with those “checks” store brand formulas are about half the cost.
Lydia was also a special case because for her first 12 months she only tolerated Soy milk. We had great experiences using Perrigo Nutritionals store brand formulas and continue to buy milk based toddler store formula for her today.
Returning to work as a new mom is an extremely stressful and emotional time in a woman’s life. I always respect every mom for their feeding choices and I give every mother who continues to pump at work a ton of credit!
About Perrigo Nutritionals
- Many moms are not aware that they can save up to 50 percent on infant formula by choosing a store brand over a national brand
- Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands, yet are typically up to half the price, and can save you about $600 a year
- Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world and one of only four companies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for meeting the strict FDA requirements for safety, nutrition and quality for infant formula-manufacturing in the United States
- According to a recent survey conducted online by Harris Interactive, 75 percent of American moms plan to return to work after they have their baby
- Of those moms returning to work, 42 percent attribute their stress to feeding their baby
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